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invocation -- as in: the minister's invocation
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Moby Dick
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  • But in his joy at the enchanted, tacit acquiescence of the mate, Ahab did not hear his foreboding invocation; nor yet the low laugh from the hold; nor yet the presaging vibrations of the winds in the cordage; nor yet the hollow flap of the sails against the masts, as for a moment their hearts sank in.
  • He would say the most terrific things to his crew, in a tone so strangely compounded of fun and fury, and the fury seemed so calculated merely as a spice to the fun, that no oarsman could hear such queer invocations without pulling for dear life, and yet pulling for the mere joke of the thing.

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  • Any invocations must be done so they do not advance any particular faith or belief.
  • The Supreme Court held that a religious invocation is allowed because it has a secular purpose; i.e., to solemnize the event .

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