Invoke vs. Provoke

Invoke vs. Provoke — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Invoke and Provoke

Invokeverb

To call on (a higher power) for assistance, support, or inspiration

"Stretching out her hands she had the air of a Greek woman who invoked a deity" (Ford Madox Ford).

Provokeverb

To incite to anger or resentment

taunts that provoked their rivals.

Invokeverb

To appeal to or cite in support or justification.

Provokeverb

To stir to action or feeling

a remark that provoked me to reconsider.

Invokeverb

To call for earnestly; solicit

invoked the help of a passing motorist.

Provokeverb

To give rise to; bring about

a miscue that provoked laughter.news that provoked an uproar.

Invokeverb

To summon with incantations; conjure.

Provokeverb

To bring about deliberately; induce

provoke a fight.

Invokeverb

To resort to; use or apply

"Shamelessly, he invokes coincidence to achieve ironic effect" (Newsweek).

Provokeverb

(transitive) To cause someone to become annoyed or angry.

Don't provoke the dog; it may try to bite you.

Invokeverb

(Computers) To activate or start (a program, for example).

Provokeverb

(transitive) To bring about a reaction.

Invokeverb

(transitive) To call upon (a person, especially a god) for help, assistance or guidance.

Provokeverb

(obsolete) To appeal.

Invokeverb

(transitive) To appeal for validation to a (notably cited) authority.

In certain Christian circles, invoking the Bible constitutes irrefutable proof.

Provokeverb

call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses);

arouse pityraise a smileevoke sympathy

Invokeverb

(transitive) To conjure up with incantations.

This satanist ritual invokes Beelzebub.

Provokeverb

call forth;

Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple

Invokeverb

(transitive) To bring about as an inevitable consequence.

Blasphemy is taboo as it may invoke divine wrath.

Provokeverb

provide the needed stimulus for

Invokeverb

(transitive) To solicit, petition for, appeal to a favorable attitude.

The envoy invoked the King of Kings's magnanimity to reduce his province's tribute after another draught.

Provokeverb

annoy continually or chronically;

He is known to harry his staff when he is overworkedThis man harasses his female co-workers

Invokeverb

To cause (a program or subroutine) to execute.

Interactive programs let the users enter choices and invoke the corresponding routines.

Invokeverb

evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic;

raise the specter of unemploymenthe conjured wild birds in the airstir a disturbancecall down the spirits from the mountain

Invokeverb

cite as an authority; resort to;

He invoked the law that would save himI appealed to the law of 1900She invoked an ancient law

Invokeverb

request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection;

appeal to somebody for helpInvoke God in times of trouble