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invocation -- as in: the minister's invocation
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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 .
  • Immediately after collection, Maycomb Methodists sang what they called the Doxology in lieu of the minister praying over the collection plate to spare him the rigors involved in inventing yet another prayer, since by that time he had uttered three healthy invocations.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • When I chuckled at the older woman’s invocation of the parable, she laughed, too.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Sophie heard Lotte wake with a groan, muttering disconnected syllabics, perhaps some matutinal invocation to Jehovah, in a sepulchral Rhenish accent.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She closed her eyes and leaned back, stroking her massive belly, over and over, with a rhythm like the invocation of a spell.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Drawing himself upright, he gathered together what power he had left and parted his lips to deliver the invocation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • His invocation was brief and punchy, and for a second I thought we were getting back on the high road to right action.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The instant Neferet began speaking the invocation I felt the air change.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • The sacrifices and the invocation of the gods were excellent—but was that all?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha

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  • The pressure returned to Eragon’s legs as soon as Oromis mouthed his inaudible invocation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When I was a little girl I would get afraid in church, during the invocation or some other time when it got real quiet, and I’d all of a sudden be terrified that I was going to stand up and holler, ’God’s pee-pee!’
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • "Enough," said Heyward, interrupting the burst of his musical invocation; "we understand each other; it is time that we should now assume our respective duties."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And now Nestor, strewing the barley grains, and water drops, pronounced his invocation to Athena and burned a pinch of bristles from the victim.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The affiance of the Soul-Sword is seraphic—like those angel knives you Shadowhunters use, but a thousand times more so, because its power was drawn from the Angel himself, not simply from the invocation of an angelic name.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • This cannot anger him: ’twould anger him To raise a spirit in his mistress’ circle, Of some strange nature, letting it there stand Till she had laid it, and conjur’d it down; That were some spite: my invocation Is fair and honest, and, in his mistress’ name, I conjure only but to raise up him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • It was a time of struggle between beast-demons on the one side and the old prayers and invocations on the other.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • At times, after a day’s frantic resort to such invocations, a revulsion would sweep over her.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Like a very ghost, agreeably to the laws of magical invocation, at the third summons, he appeared at the entrance of his hermitage.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Charms and invocations of the most blessed abbot Peter Salanka to all true believers divulged.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Mani stones are small, flat rocks that have been meticulously carved with Sanskrit symbols denoting the Tibetan Buddhist invocation Om mani padme hum and are piled along the middle of trails to form long, low mani walls.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It’s comical, I know, but I carried through those days the image of a popular advertising campaign from home that pictured teams of very soiled children under the bold invocation: CLOROX NEEDED HERE!Very well then, the juice wrenched from the disinfected skin, and then the pulpy liquid had to be diluted with water if I hoped to make the precious oranges last at all.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • ’tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • The only response the other two magicians evinced at the death of their companion was to increase the speed of their invocation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I now approach a period of my life, which I can never lose the remembrance of, while I remember anything: and the recollection of which has often, without my invocation, come before me like a ghost, and haunted happier times.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • No doubt she called them popish images and talked of the invocation of saints.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • After this invocation the rocking and the singing would recommence, and the "Spotted Cow" proceed as before.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • In the last act when she began the invocation to the angels, she made all the members of the audience feel as though they too had wings.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • The DRUMMER intones under the PRAISE-SINGER’S invocations.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • But he himself had made the invocation useless, a ruined totem of a lost golden age.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • She would leave whatever she was doing, no matter what it was, and devote her entire body to trying to make him happy in the enormous mythic bed that was always ready for him, and in which she never permitted the invocation of liturgical formalisms.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The tumult increased, the invocation of Mrs. Moore continued, and people who did not know what the syllables meant repeated them like a charm.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Lord Shaftesbury observes, that nothing is more cold than the invocation of a muse by a modern; he might have added, that nothing can be more absurd.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Our voices were like prayers lifted up and offered as invocations to the house, and the house itself was an invocation to slower, more cautious days.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It is Sakya Muni himself,’ the lama half sobbed; and under his breath began the wonderful Buddhist invocation: To Him the Way, the Law, apart, Whom Maya held beneath her heart, Ananda’s Lord, the Bodhisat.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Pregnant replies, mystic allusions, mistaken identities, arguing his father is his mother, that sort of thing; intimations of suicide, forgoing of exercise, loss of mirth, hints of claustrophobia not to say delusions of imprisonment; invocations of camels, chameleons, capons, whales, weasels, hawks, handsaws-riddles, quibbles and evasions; amnesia, paranoia, myopia; day-dreaming, hallucinations; stabbing his elders, abusing his parents, insulting his lover, and appearing hatless in…
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • For in his later books, if he had hit upon some great truth, or upon the name of an historic cathedral, he would break off his narrative, and in an invocation, an apostrophe, a lengthy prayer, would give a free outlet to that effluence which, in the earlier volumes, remained buried beneath the form of his prose, discernible only in a rippling of its surface, and perhaps even more delightful, more harmonious when it was thus veiled from the eye, when the reader could give no precise…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • She had grown tired of the strict religious routine of Granny’s home; of the half dozen or more daily family prayers that Granny insisted upon; her fiat that the day began at sunrise and that night commenced at sundown; the long, rambling Bible readings; the individual invocations muttered at each meal; and her declaration that Saturday was the Lord’s Sabbath and that no one who lived in her house could work upon that day.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty, and pathetical!
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • I use no lengthened invocation: Here rustles one that soon will work my liberation.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • At its close the Mormon lifted his face and arms in characteristic invocation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • If you want that device to work, perhaps you should try a musical invocation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Not everyone received a response from the gods, but Eugenides never doubted his invocation would be answered.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • On one occasion, blue smoke poured from the lectern during the invocation, and there was fear that it was a bomb.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • His manner was that of invocation; changing it, he resumed: "Thou hast demanded of us where the Christ should be born."
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • It amused him that he had to come to Ethiopia to learn exactly what it was: an invocation and a wake-up call for Lord Venkateswara.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It was very much like prayer, though certainly there was no formal invocation, no consciousness of a Supreme Being—other than Max Gottlieb.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And the invocation was uttered in such a tone as to indicate a rooted antipathy to anything so commonplace, even if she had not added that sequins gave her the sick.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But to think that the invocation of empirical studies on a subject frees one from the job of finding out what the great instinctive psychologists have said about that subject before you got to it is just misguided.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
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