evoke vs invoke :

evoke or 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.

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Definitions

  • v  call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    evoke sympathy
  • 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
    this remark evoked sadness

  • v  summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
  • v  cite as an authority; resort to
    He invoked the law that would save him
    She invoked an ancient law
  • v  request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection
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