- Invocation is defined as the act of appealing to a higher authority for help.
- An example of invocation is when you turn to an authority for help in proving your point, invoking or relying on the authority.
- An example of invocation is a prayer to God at the beginning of a service asking for help or a blessing.
- An example of invocation is when you conduct a seance to call spirits forth.
invocation definition by Webster's New World
- the act of calling on God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc. for blessing, help, inspiration, support, or the like
- a formal prayer used in invoking, as at the beginning of a church service
- a formal plea for aid from a Muse, god, etc., at the beginning of an epic or similar poem
- a conjuring of evil spirits
- an incantation used in conjuring
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin invocatio ; from past participle of invocare: see invoke
invocation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or an instance of invoking, especially an appeal to a higher power for assistance.
- A prayer or other formula used in invoking, as at the opening of a religious service.
- a. The act of conjuring up a spirit by incantation.b. An incantation used in conjuring.
Origin: Middle English invocacion, from Old French, from Latin invocātiō, invocātiōn-, from invocātus, past participle of invocāre, to invoke; see invoke.
- inˌvo·caˈtion·al adjective