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Friday, July 9

Invocation

[in-və-KAY-shən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French and Latin, 14th century

1.

The action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority.

Examples of Invocation in a sentence

"The chemistry department’s invocation of new methodologies opened up possibilities for research."

"Pastor Stanley gave an invocation at the beginning of his sermon."

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About Invocation

This word comes from late Middle English via Old French. It originated from the Latin “invocatio(n-),” from the verb “invocare.”

Did you Know?

Practicing Christians will likely recognize the word “invocation” in its religious context, meaning the act of calling for God’s assistance, presence, and guidance. It’s one of the most common forms of prayer. In a non-religious context, it can be used in an instance of summoning help from an authority.

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