Origin of avocation
Examples from the Web for avocation
He stammered, and read and wrote a lot of poetry (mostly in secret), an avocation he changed to photography for the novel.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’|Jennie Yabroff|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think it was more a matter of self-consciousness… I always saw writing about music as purely an avocation.
In addition to material obtained in these ways, articles may be secured from specialists who write as an avocation.How To Write Special Feature Articles|Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
They are supposed to return to their parishes and continue their avocation there.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
But it is the cause of a vast amount of misery amongst those who are compelled to seek a house close to their daily avocation.Christmas Penny Readings|George Manville Fenn
If he did, he would not only have his mind taken from his avocation, but lose the chance of a deal in the market.
There is no objection to men of other vocations adopting farming as an avocation if they can afford it.The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know|Thomas Forsyth Hunt
Word Origin for avocation
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.)).