invocation

An invocation is an appeal to a higher power for help, such as a prayer for serenity or a plea to the rain gods during a drought.

An invocation often refers to an appeal to something not of this world, such as a god or a spirit, but it can involve an appeal to any higher power, even one that is flesh and blood. During a close basketball game, for example, you may mutter an invocation to the former NBA star Michael Jordan asking that your team’s star player somehow gain the power to hit his jump shots. The word invocation can also be used in the sense of invoking a notable authority to support a position. If you say, “But my mom said I should never wear cheap clothing,” for example, that is an invocation of your mom in support of your desire to buy designer jeans.

Definitions of invocation
  1. noun
    the act of appealing for help
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    type of:
    effectuation, implementation
    the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect
  2. noun
    calling up a spirit or devil
    synonyms: conjuration, conjuring, conjury
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    types:
    evocation, summoning
    calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations
    type of:
    magic, thaumaturgy
    any art that invokes supernatural powers
  3. noun
    a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
    synonyms: supplication
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    rogation
    a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
    type of:
    orison, petition, prayer
    reverent petition to a deity
  4. noun
    an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil
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    type of:
    conjuration, incantation
    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
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