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avocation Line breaks: avo|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌavəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of avocation in English:


A hobby or minor occupation: they are basically doctors, and negotiators by avocation
More example sentences
  • The first concerns individuals engaged in occupations or avocations in which chasing the spotlight and thriving on the adulation of others are not only appropriate and adaptive but a sine qua non for success.
  • Even then, farming for them was a hobby, an avocation, a link to a way of life that was slipping away.
  • The bile directed at us in the column shows a desire to hurt me personally and to make my employer suffer for my avocation.


Example sentences
  • But for many others who delve into the vast realm of history in the public domain, whether avocational historians or full-time promoters of a particular historical vision, these imperatives are not so clear.
  • Also, I noted that many of these individuals were lonely, isolated, unoccupied in either vocational or avocational ways, and were established in daily habits that marked them as mentally ill.
  • Factors that determined whether lifestyle was controllable were the number of practice hours per week, the number of call nights, and the time for pursuit of avocational activities.


Mid 17th century: from Latin avocatio(n-), from avocare 'call away', from ab- 'from' + vocare 'to call'.

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