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Usage examples for invoke

  1. We are the first to invoke experience in philosophy. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  2. He reflected, also, that The Hague was the august cradle of a new international law, and finally went so far as to invoke the argument that he would be giving pleasure to his mother. – A Mummer's Tale by Anatole France
  3. As I now went looking up and down the street for the driver who was usually on the watch for me about eleven o'clock on a fair day of the races, I turned over in my mind the several accidents which are employed in novels to bring young people to a realising sense of their feelings toward each other, and wondered which of them I might most safely invoke. – An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga by William Dean Howells
  4. I would invoke those who fill the seats of justice, and all who minister at her altar, that they execute the wholesome and necessary severity of the law. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  5. Snow was full of lore; would invoke inspiration with a very wide and very blue gaze up to the ceiling, her thin hands clasping her thin neck. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  6. Nor let us invoke the illimitable laws of the universe, the intentions of history, the will of the worlds, the justice of the stars. – The Buried Temple by Maurice Maeterlinck
  7. As she based it upon our faith, I could not oppose her, for that would have been a sacrilege, but I could at least invoke her affection for me, and entreat her not to leave. – French and Oriental Love in a Harem by Mario Uchard
  8. The interest of the Queen in its welfare is, I can assure you, fully participated in by me, and it only remains for me now to invoke the Divine blessing on the benevolent objects which have led to this undertaking." – Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888 by Edward VII
  9. " I suppose it isn't well to invoke death in any way. – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  10. The last of your charges against the abolitionists, which I shall examine, is the following: Having begun " their operations by professing to employ only persuasive means," they " have ceased to employ the instruments of reason and persuasion," and " they now propose to substitute the powers of the ballot box;" and " the inevitable tendency of their proceedings is if these should be found insufficient, to invoke finally the more potent powers of the bayonet." – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  11. Otherwise the course of a prudent policy is never to invoke them, but avoid. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. Then, too, a boy's relations will tend to encourage him to hold out, rather than to invoke a master's aid, because they are afraid of the boy falling under the social ban. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  13. The cries that we have been hearing for Cromwell or for Bismarck prove the existence of an impatient faction in our midst fitter to wear the collars of those masters whom they invoke than to drop a vote into the ballot- box. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  14. I do not here pretend to make a book against Don Ruinart; and while I always respect, admire, and invoke the true martyrs with the Holy Church, I confine myself to making it perceived, by one or two striking examples, how dangerous it is to mix what is purely ridiculous with what ought to be venerated. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  15. The surprise of this interruption the stranger, whom I had never before seen, did not suffer to endure long enough to allow me to invoke the angels and ministers of grace for my protection. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  16. Would some of them not be likely to invoke a recall election and retire you and your city council- in disgrace?" – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  17. Do not invoke your honor! – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  18. In the moonlight, when they were alone together, she taught him how to receive the 'ava cup; how to spill the libation to the gods; how to invoke a proper blessing on the company. – Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne
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