avocation(redirected from avocations)
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a hobby in addition to a principal occupation: The judge’s avocation is acting in little theater productions.; a person’s regular occupation or calling
Not to be confused with:
evocation – a calling forth: an evocation of earlier times
An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.
[Latin āvocātiō, āvocātiōn-, diversion, from āvocātus, past participle of āvocāre, to call away : ā-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]
1. formal a minor occupation undertaken as a diversion
2. not standard a person's regular job or vocation
[C17: from Latin āvocātiō a calling away, diversion from, from āvocāre to distract, from vocāre to call]
av•o•ca•tion(ˌæv əˈkeɪ ʃən)
1. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, esp. for pleasure; hobby.
2. a person's regular occupation or calling; vocation.
3. Archaic. diversion or distraction.
[1520–30; < Latin āvocātiō distraction]
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pastime, pursuit, interest - a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly); "sailing is her favorite pastime"; "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"