Definitions for: Avocation

[n] an auxiliary activity

Webster (1913) Definition: Av`o*ca"tion, n. [L. avocatio.]
1. A calling away; a diversion. [Obs. or Archaic]

Impulses to duty, and powerful avocations from sin.

2. That which calls one away from one's regular employment or

Heaven is his vocation, and therefore he counts
earthly employments avocations. --Fuller.

By the secular cares and avocations which accompany
marriage the clergy have been furnished with skill
in common life. --Atterbury.

Note: In this sense the word is applied to the smaller
affairs of life, or occasional calls which summon a
person to leave his ordinary or principal business.
Avocation (in the singular) for vocation is usually
avoided by good writers.

3. pl. 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.

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.

Synonyms: by-line, hobby, sideline, spare-time activity

See Also: interest, pastime, pursuit, spelaeology, speleology

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