In`vo*ca"tion (?), n. [F. invocation, L. invocatio.]


The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being; earnest and solemn entreaty; esp., prayer offered to a divine being.

Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty and pathetical! Shak.

The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities. Addison.

2. Law

A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court.


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