Avocation

Definition of Avocation

Av`o`ca´tion
n.1.A calling away; a diversion.
Impulses to duty, and powerful avocations from sin.
- South.
2.That which calls one away from one's regular employment or vocation.
By the secular cares and avocations which accompany marriage the clergy have been furnished with skill in common life.
- Atterbury.
3.Pursuits; duties; affairs which occupy one's time; usual employment; vocation.
There are professions, among the men, no more favorable to these studies than the common avocations of women.
- Richardson.
In a few hours, above thirty thousand men left his standard, and returned to their ordinary avocations.
- Macaulay.
An irregularity and instability of purpose, which makes them choose the wandering avocations of a shepherd, rather than the more fixed pursuits of agriculture.
- Buckle.

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by-line, hobby, interest, pastime, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activity, spelaeology, speleology
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