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Definition to call forth or cause — typically to arouse an emotion or bring a memory to mind
  • Her story evoked sympathy.
evoked = aroused
  • This remark evoked sadness.
  • Judge Taylor was not the kind of figure that ever evoked pity, but I did feel a pang for him as he tried to explain.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • evoked = aroused (gave rise to)
  • any case Nadia had taken one look at Saeed's father and felt him like a father, for he was so gentle, and evoked in her a protective caring, as if for one's own child, or for a puppy, or for a beautiful memory one knows has already commenced to fade.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • evoked = aroused or caused
  • Lon could not evoke these feelings in her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • evoke = arouse
  • She appreciated his comfort with his own body, and his wanton attitude to hers, and the rhythm and strum of his touch, and his beauty, his animal beauty, and the pleasure he evoked in her.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • evoked = aroused or caused
  • ...and desiring nothing better than to tell in order that she might evoke effects.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But they are her own words, chosen specifically to evoke heartfelt emotion.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • She did not even try to evoke the woods where she had shared the joy of love.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Looking at the Map of Days, even the places that sounded most forbidding evoked in me a strange longing.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • For Americans, a word like "camp" evoked happy summer memories that were nothing like what I had experienced in PlaszOw and Gross-Rosen.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • [This compelled interest, and evoked murmurs of surprise that had a detectable ingredient of disappointment in them.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • Jan would never have believed that anything so simple or so commonplace could have evoked such yearning in his heart.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • This was more exciting, the inner images it evoked more definite, and the singers' expressions became fatuous and languid.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • It was an action that rightly evoked praise here and abroad, and I conveyed my appreciation to Mr. de Klerk.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Already it had passed into his soul, already the little phrase which it evoked shook like a medium's the body of the violinist, 'possessed' indeed.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • Smoking seemed to evoke a particular kind of childhood memory — vivid, precise, emotionally charged.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Things scarcely named in the lines evoked concrete images.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The rules are clear: it was a passionate, evocative poem, maybe even brilliant, but not the assignment.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • He could evoke everything for her, with small verbal pulse points of which he was completely unaware.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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