Part of speech: noun

The act of invoking; prayer at the opening of a service.

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Usage examples "invocation":

  1. After the invocation to the muse he thinks he hears her playing: Hark! - "The Satyricon, Complete", Petronius Arbiter.
  2. First with groans, equally inarticulate murmurs of assent, shouts of " Glory," and the reckless invocation of sacred names. - "A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories", Bret Harte.
  3. Make your device and I shall not fail in the invocation! - "The Sky Is Falling", Lester del Rey.