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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Avocation

AVOCA'TION, noun [See Vocation, Voice, Vocal.]

1. The act of calling aside, or diverting from some employment; as an avocation from sin or from business.

2. The business which calls aside. The word is generally used for the smaller affairs of life, or occasional calls which summon a person to leave his ordinary or principal business. The use of this word for vocation is very improper.