1. An invisible person or thing; specifically, God, the Supreme Being.
2. A Rosicrucian; so called because avoiding declaration of his craft. [Obs.]
3. (Eccl. Hist.) One of those (as in the 16th century) who denied the visibility of the church. Shipley.
(In*vis"i*ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being invisible; invisibility.
(In*vis"i*bly), adv. In an invisible manner. Denham.
(In*vi"sion) n. Want of vision or of the power of seeing. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(In`vi*ta"tion) n. [L. invitatio: cf. F. invitation. See Invite.]
1. The act of inviting; solicitation; the requesting of a person's company; as, an invitation to a party, to a
dinner, or to visit a friend.
2. A document written or printed, or spoken words, conveying the message by which one is invited.
3. Allurement; enticement. [R.]
She gives the leer of invitation.Shak.
(In*vi"ta*to*ry) a. [L. invitatorius: cf. F. invitatoire.] Using or containing invitations.
The "Venite" [Psalm xcv.], which is also called the invitatory psalm.Hook.
(In*vi"ta*to*ry) n.; pl. Invitatories [LL. invitatorium: cf. F. invitatoire.] That which invites; specifically,
the invitatory psalm, or a part of it used in worship.
(In*vite") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inviting.] [L. invitare: cf. F. inviter. See
1. To ask; to request; to bid; to summon; to ask to do some act, or go to some place; esp., to ask to an
entertainment or visit; to request the company of; as, to invite to dinner, or a wedding, or an excursion.
So many guests invite as here are writ.Shak.
I invite his Grace of Castle Rackrent to reflect on this.Carlyle.
2. To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.
To inveigle and invite the unwary sense.Milton.
Shady groves, that easy sleep invite.Dryden.
There no delusive hope invites despair.Cowper.