Word of The Day for Friday, May 13, 2011


con•voke (kuhn-VOHK)  v tr

to call together; summon to meet or assemble

convocation, convocant, convoker noun; convocative adjective

1598; from M.Fr. convoquer (14c.), from L. convocare "to call together" from com- "together" + vocare "to call," from vox "voice"

Synonyms: assemble, call, convene, gather, summon
Related Words: vocabulary, vocation, avocation, locative, vocative, provoke, vouch, evocation, equivocation, revoke, advocate, invoke

Sentence Examples:
• As to the States General of 1484, neither the regent, Anne de Beaujeu, nor Charles VIII., offered the slightest hinderance to their deliberations and their votes; and if Louis XII. did not convoke the States afresh, he constantly strove in the government of his kingdom to render them homage and give them satisfaction.  - A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times, Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot

• Roman Catholic scholars to-day tend to recede from the high ground very generally taken several centuries ago, and Funk even admits that the right to convoke oecumenical synods was vested in the emperor regardless of the wishes of the pope, and that it cannot be proved that the Roman see ever actually had a share in calling the oecumenical councils of antiquity. - COUNCIL: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition

• The emperors, as the first ministers of the republic, were exempted from the obligation and penalty of many inconvenient laws: they were authorized to convoke the senate, to make several motions in the same day, to recommend candidates for the honors of the state, to enlarge the bounds of the city, to employ the revenue at their discretion, to declare peace and war, to ratify treaties; and by a most comprehensive clause, they were empowered to execute whatsoever they should judge advantageous to the empire, and agreeable to the majesty of things private or public, human of divine. - History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon

Sources: Dictionary.com, Online Etymology

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