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in vohk

  • 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

  • Disrupters at abortion clinics frequently invoke the First Amendment.
  • During the primary she tartly dismissed canon law as an "old set of rules that are invoked when somebody wants to invoke them, and ignored when someone wants to ignore them.
  • First, invoke the specter of black crime, as Lee Atwater did in 1988 when he vowed to turn murderer Willie Horton into Michael Dukakis' "running mate.
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  • AHF: Porn Industry Says Condoms Limited Spread of Latest Adult Film HIV Infection
    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AHF: Porn Industry Says Condoms Limited Spread of Latest Adult Film HIV Infection--“The porn industry can’t have it both ways,” says AHF’s Michael Weinstein. “They can’t oppose--and invoke--condoms"
    June 14, 2013 - Business Wire
  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - Gayapolis
  • Doug Paisley Stays Up All Night for October Album
    All-nighters tend to invoke memories of early morning pizza runs and passing out in college textbooks. But Canadian singer-songwriter Doug Paisley wasn't procrastinating when he recently pulled one to record his as-yet-untitled third studio full-length...
    June 13, 2013 - Spin

  • President Bush in News 10 Now
    President Bush said, "In a world where some invoke the name of God to justify acts of terror and murder and hate, we need your message that God is love."
  • Monica Goodling in Washington Post
    Monica Goodling, who was involved in the firings, said: "I have decided to follow my lawyer's advice and respectfully invoke my constitutional right because the ...... circumstances present a perilous environment in which to testify."
  • Jonathan Zittrain in Washington Post
    Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, said this clause was a "piece of boilerplate that is passed around the corporate lawyers like a Christmas fruitcake. The idea that they would ever invoke it and...

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