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  • KHALA: traditional invocation to still the angry spirits of a place whose name you mention.   (source)
    invocation = request for help from a deity
  • The ceremony started late, the invocation by Cardinal Richard Cushing was extremely long, and the eighty-six-year-old poet Robert Frost was so blinded by the sun that he was unable to read the special verses he'd written for the occasion.   (source)
    invocation = prayer
  • ...my invocation
    Is fair and honest, and, in his mistress' name,
    I conjure only but to raise up him.   (source)
    invocation = summoning of a deity or spirit
  • CANTO and RESPONDU: an invocation rite, part of the panoplia propheticus of the Missionaria Protectiva.   (source)
    invocation = requests for help from a deity
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  • A slogan, an invocation, a prayer, a charm.†   (source)
  • But he himself had made the invocation useless, a ruined totem of a lost golden age.†   (source)
  • Drawing himself upright, he gathered together what power he had left and parted his lips to deliver the invocation.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If you want that device to work, perhaps you should try a musical invocation.†   (source)
  • The instant Neferet began speaking the invocation I felt the air change.†   (source)
  • His invocation was brief and punchy, and for a second I thought we were getting back on the high road to right action.†   (source)
  • Then, having issued a solemn invocation of the Supreme Being, he stepped down from the platform to a table at the front of the chamber, where Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth administered the oath of office, Adams energetically repeating the words.†   (source)
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  • The DRUMMER intones under the PRAISE-SINGER'S invocations.†   (source)
  • Not everyone received a response from the gods, but Eugenides never doubted his invocation would be answered.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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 public-knock-kneed, droopstockinged and sighing like a love-sick schoolboy, which at his age is coming on a bit strong.†   (source)
  • Sophie heard Lotte wake with a groan, muttering disconnected syllabics, perhaps some matutinal invocation to Jehovah, in a sepulchral Rhenish accent.†   (source)
  • The sacrifices and the invocation of the gods were excellent—but was that all?†   (source)
  • A well-wrought invocation to the Furies can come in handy, in case of need.†   (source)
  • The pressure returned to Eragon's legs as soon as Oromis mouthed his inaudible invocation.†   (source)
  • I made a whispered, not entirely blasphemous invocation, "Jesus Christ, have mercy."†   (source)
  • Every morning before dawn our Base Camp sirdar-an avuncular, highly respected, forty Prayer flags are printed with holy Buddhist invocations-most commonly om manipadm hum-which are dispatched to God with each flap of the pennant.†   (source)
  • 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!'†   (source)
  • "It's the invocation of the Great Goddess at her spring festival," he said calmly, "calling her to the aid of those that need her.†   (source)
  • Even though it thoroughly freaked me out, I had to keep myself from stepping from circle and joining her in the invocation of water.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • When the candle was lit, he tilted it to let wax fall onto the table, and chanted an invocation to the Great Goddess, deliberately choosing the one he had sung over and over in the queen's prison cell.†   (source)
  • At times, after a day's frantic resort to such invocations, a revulsion would sweep over her.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • For the first two or three days many stayed outside, under the palms and pomegranate trees in the garden in front of the porch, and listened from a distance to the swelling tide of prayers and invocations whose backwash filled the neighboring streets.†   (source)
  • No doubt she called them popish images and talked of the invocation of saints.†   (source)
  • At its close the Mormon lifted his face and arms in characteristic invocation.†   (source)
  • I use no lengthened invocation:
    Here rustles one that soon will work my liberation.†   (source)
  • Kim turned it over with the air of a wise warlock, muttering a Mohammedan invocation.†   (source)
  • 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 indication of where the murmur of the current began, or of where it died away.†   (source)
  • It was very much like prayer, though certainly there was no formal invocation, no consciousness of a Supreme Being—other than Max Gottlieb.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The tumult increased, the invocation of Mrs. Moore continued, and people who did not know what the syllables meant repeated them like a charm.†   (source)
  • To any stray inheritor of these primitive qualities found, like Caspar Hauser, wandering dazed in any Christian capital of our time, the good-natured poet's famous invocation, near two thousand years ago, of the good rustic out of his latitude in the Rome of the Cesars, still appropriately holds:— "Honest and poor, faithful in word and thought, What has thee, Fabian, to the city brought?†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • After this invocation the rocking and the singing would recommence, and the "Spotted Cow" proceed as before.†   (source)
  • But John Baptist, widely staring, muttering a number of invocations and ejaculations, tremblingly backing into a corner, slipping on his trousers, and tying his coat by the two sleeves round his neck, manifested an unmistakable desire to escape by the door rather than renew the acquaintance.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "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."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • His manner was that of invocation; changing it, he resumed: "Thou hast demanded of us where the Christ should be born."†   (source)
  • Saint George!" said the Black Knight, striking down a man at every invocation; "have we traitors here?"†   (source)
  • Like a very ghost, agreeably to the laws of magical invocation, at the third summons, he appeared at the entrance of his hermitage.†   (source)
  • Without attending to this invocation, we stood by, until he put up his pocket-handkerchief, pulled up his shirt-collar, and, to delude any person in the neighbourhood who might have been observing him, hummed a tune with his hat very much on one side.†   (source)
  • They saw the child was as other children: about its head was neither nimbus nor material crown; its lips opened not in speech; if it heard their expressions of joy, their invocations, their prayers, it made no sign whatever, but, baby-like, looked longer at the flame in the lantern than at them.†   (source)
  • The words were few and often repeated, proceeding gradually from a sort of invocation, or hymn, to the Deity, to an intimation of the warrior's object, and terminating as they commenced with an acknowledgment of his own dependence on the Great Spirit.†   (source)
  • This was an invocation to Steerforth to place himself under her hands; who, accordingly, sat himself down, with his back to the table, and his laughing face towards me, and submitted his head to her inspection, evidently for no other purpose than our entertainment.†   (source)
  • 'Go on with the dawut [invocation].†   (source)
  • Hereat, simply as a child engrossed with a new game, the lama threw back his head and began the full-throated invocation of the Doctor of Divinity ere he opens the full doctrine.†   (source)
  • There was more drama in this abstracted, brow-puckered search through the tabloid-bottles, with a pause here and there for thought and a muttered invocation between whiles.†   (source)
  • The Kamboh in his corner glared sullenly; the lama was busy over his beads; and Kim, fumbling doctor-fashion at the man's neck, thought out his plan between invocations.†   (source)
  • He appealed to her: "Joy in this armor, goddess, first on Olympos, first of immortals in our invocation!†   (source)
  • She closed her eyes and leaned back, stroking her massive belly, over and over, with a rhythm like the invocation of a spell.†   (source)
  • Charms and invocations of the most blessed abbot Peter Salanka to all true believers divulged.†   (source)
  • Somnolent invocation, less somnolent recognition, incipient excitation, catechetical interrogation.†   (source)
  • The Last Invocation
    At the last, tenderly,
    From the walls of the powerful fortress'd house,
    From the clasp of the knitted locks, from the keep of the well-closed doors,
    Let me be wafted.†   (source)
  • Thy lover me, for always I have loved thee,
    Even as basking babe, then happy boy alone by some wood edge, thy
    touching-distant beams enough,
    Or man matured, or young or old, as now to thee I launch my invocation.†   (source)
  • Sweet invocation of a child; most pretty, and pathetical!†   (source)
  • 'Tis a Greek invocation, to call fools into a circle.†   (source)
  • This he alledges to prove Invocation of Saints departed.†   (source)
  • As The Doctrine Of Purgatory, And Exorcismes, And Invocation Of Saints†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Chapter i. An Invocation.†   (source)
  • This window it is, that gives entrance to the Dark Doctrine, first, of Eternall Torments; and afterwards of Purgatory, and consequently of the walking abroad, especially in places Consecrated, Solitary, or Dark, of the Ghosts of men deceased; and thereby to the pretences of Exorcisme and Conjuration of Phantasmes; as also of Invocation of men dead; and to the Doctrine of Indulgences; that is to say, of exemption for a time, or for ever, from the fire of Purgatory, wherein these Incorporeall Substances are pretended by burning to be cleansed, and made fit for Heaven.†   (source)
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