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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Invocatio(u)n, n. Also: -acione. [ME. (c 1384) and OF. invocation, L. invocātio.]

1. Invocation, supplication (of God, a deity, etc.).(1) a1400 Leg. S. v. 306.
Or he the tempil suld … Of dame Diane gere ryve done Of Christ thru invocacione
1528 Lynd. Dreme 1084.
Mydas of Trace … to his goddes maid invocatioun … that [etc.]
c1552 Id. Mon. 216.
Without ony vaine invocatioun, To Minerva, or to Melpomene
1562-3 Winȝet 15/35.
Materis of les pryce, as of … the inuocationis of sanctis to praye for vs
c1590 Fowler II. 54/2.
For … without the testimonie of the scripteur, the inuocatioun of sancts can not be resauit
(2) 1572 Ferg. Sermon iii Malachi Sig.
Sic as ar faith … , charitie and inuocatioun of Goddes name
1660 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 195.
C. iv. b. The Counsell … , efter invocatioun of the name of God, procedit to the said electione

2. Conjuration (of the Devil). 1576 Crim. Trials I. ii. 51.
Dilatit of the vsing of sorcerie, witchcraft, and incantatioune, with invocatioun of spretis of the devill
1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 297.
Reasing the devill with invocationes

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