Etymology
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invocation (n.)

late 14c., "petition (to God or a god) for aid or comfort; invocation, prayer;" also "a summoning of evil spirits," from Old French invocacion "appeal, invocation" (12c.), from Latin invocationem (nominative invocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of invocare "to call upon, invoke, appeal to" (see invoke).

updated on December 30, 2015

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Definitions of invocation from WordNet

invocation (n.)
a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service;
Synonyms: supplication
invocation (n.)
an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil;
invocation (n.)
calling up a spirit or devil;
Synonyms: conjuring / conjuration / conjury
invocation (n.)
the act of appealing for help;
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