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Definition a hobby or other activity separate from one's work or profession
  • She took the job to support her avocation as a painter.
  • —while her aunt returned to the house and to those avocations which the visitor had interrupted.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Yet he was pursuing his ordinary avocations, smiling mechanically to fellow-tradesmen, and arguing with bargainers—as bereaved men do after a while.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It is impossible to keep the judges too distinct from every other avocation than that of expounding the laws.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Judges cannot be too separate from every other avocation than that of expounding the laws.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • When he was advised that he had no avocation, he left the island, came to America to study the then budding field of psychiatry.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • For almost any other vocation or avocation—singer, potter, zookeeper, any doctor apart from a surgeon—it wouldn't have mattered.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • 'It is a good heart,' said Nicholas, 'that disentangles itself from the close avocations of every day, to heed such things.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "Avocation," Alessandro interrupted.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The majority of the searchers had given up the quest and gone back to their daily avocations, saying that it was plain the children could never be found.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Lord Steyne used to say to him by way of a good day when they met; and indeed that was now his avocation in life.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Left to herself for the evening she sat a while under the lamp, her hands empty, her usual avocations unheeded.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • There were two reasons for that: her job as slave labor at the cancer ward and her avocation as a second-degree black belt, a Nidan.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Mrs. Sanborn was the president of many charity organizations and this had given her an addiction to autocracy such as no other avocation could develop.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He'd climb to the summit those of his avocation respected most, and he'd dedicate his climb to Christa's memory.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He was a poet and a goldsmith by avocation, made his living as a limo driver.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • Left to herself for the evening she sat a while under the lamp, her hands empty, her usual avocations unheeded.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I was an artist by vocation, and now by avocation—although it's been considerably more challenging to get my supplies in a place like this.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Some time prior to the period at which this little history begins, my avocations had been largely increased.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • After my bomb avocation, I became the organizer of the supercolossal fruit roll.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman

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