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avocation

[av-uh-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor's avocation is painting.
  2. a person's regular occupation, calling, or vocation.
  3. Archaic. diversion or distraction.
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Origin of avocation

1520–30; < Latin āvocātiōn- (stem of āvocātiō) a calling away. See a-4, vocation
Related formsav·o·ca·tion·al, adjectiveav·o·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedavocation vocationavocation evocation
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avocation

noun
  1. formal a minor occupation undertaken as a diversion
  2. not standard a person's regular job or vocation
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin āvocātiō a calling away, diversion from, from āvocāre to distract, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for avocation

n.

1520s, "a calling away from one's occupation," from Latin avocationem (nominative avocatio) "a calling away, distraction, diversion," noun of action from past participle stem of avocare, from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

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