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avocation

[av-uh-key-shuh n] /ˌæv əˈkeɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin āvocātiōn- (stem of āvocātiō) a calling away. See a-4, vocation
Related forms
avocational, adjective
avocationally, adverb
Can be confused
avocation, vocation.
avocation, evocation.
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British Dictionary definitions for avocationally

avocation

/ˌævəˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(formal) a minor occupation undertaken as a diversion
2.
(not standard) a person's regular job or vocation
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 avocationally

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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