evoke vs invoke : Common Errors in English

About evoke vs invoke

“Evoke” and “invoke” are close together in meaning, and are often confused with each other. The action of “invoking” is usually more direct and active. It originally involved calling upon or summoning up a god or spirit. An invocation calls upon whatever is invoked to do something or serve a function. “Invoke” now can also be used to mean “to appeal to, to cite”: “in his closing argument, the lawyer invoked the principle of self-defense.”“Evoke” is usually less purposefully active, more indirect, often used to mean “suggest.” If you invoke the spirit of Picasso, you’re trying to summon his soul up from the grave; but if your paintings evoke the spirit of Picasso, it means their style reminds viewers of that artist’s work.

evoke Meaning(s)

  • (v) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  • (v) evoke or provoke to appear or occur
  • (v) deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
  • (v) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
  • (v) call to mind

invoke Meaning(s)

  • (v) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
  • (v) cite as an authority; resort to
  • (v) request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection

evoke in News

  1. Julie Shipp's Abstract Paintings Point To The Sky

    Richly atmospheric and brilliantly colored, Julie Shipp’s abstract paintings evoke dramatic moments of sunlight shining through storm clouds or...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: San Antonio Current

  2. TravelCenters officially launches Citizen Driver award program

    WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has launched its Citizen Driver award program designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession through good citizenship, safety, community involvement, health and wellness and leadership.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Trucker

  3. Music Site Launches Songs for a Positive World Shift

    Music Shifts is a new website that merges audiences' love of music with the need to evoke positive change at the personal and global level. Today is the launch of "With An Angel's Touch" the first in a series of songs to be launched on MusicShifts.com. (PRWeb June 10, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10812085.htm
    on June 10, 2013 Source: PRWeb

invoke in News

  1. Wineries for Marriage Equality

    Wineries are coming up with new wines with names that invoke support for marriage equality. Edge Boston reports: One of the barrier-breakers is Same Sex Meritage, a red blend that sends its message on the bottle and at the cash register - $1 for every bottle sold is donated to the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gayapolis

  2. PowerShell Command Line Introduction

    Here’s a slick PowerShell 3.0 one-liner. If you want to pull down an RSS feed from a blog, displaying only the title and publication date try: Invoke-RestMethod "http://www.dougfinke.com/blog/index.php/feed/" | Select title, pubdate It’s that simple. No looping, no checking end …
    on June 12, 2013 Source: O'Reilly Media

  3. E3 Inspires Woman-Bashing On Twitter

    Misogynist gamers are at it again, attacking Anita Saarkesian for making a simple observation. Perhaps all the excitement at E3 has made their thumbs twitchy. There’s nothing particularly surprising here. Hopped up on adrenaline and “fiero,” they invoke the patriarchal battle-cry. Of course, Saarkesian is the easy scapegoat. She has been for some time, the villain in social media’s version of a ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Forbes

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