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[av-uh-key-shuh n]
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  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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Related Words for avocation

pastime, recreation, sideline, shot, thing, diversion, kick, amusement, occupation, schtick

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British Dictionary definitions for avocation


  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 for avocation

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


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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