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She not only changed jobs, she changed vocations.
  a particular type of job
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Strongly Associated with:   avocation
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  • She not only changed jobs, she changed vocations.
  • Took a series of interest, aptitude, and personality tests to choose a good vocation.
  • You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Just as I was wondering privately why in the world something like my vocation would even come up, Colton surprised me when he nodded enthusiastically.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real

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  • The unique exhibition which you gave of your pupils engaged in their industrial vocations was not only artistic but thoroughly impressive.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Why should not you, too, find some sort of vocation in life, Mrs. Hedda?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • Protecting’s always been my vocation."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • From his point of view this assumption provided an adequate explanation for most of my otherwise inexplicable activities, and it is just possible — though I hesitate to attribute any such selfish motives to Ootek — that by associating with me he hoped to enlarge his own knowledge of the esoteric practices of his vocation.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I say, thinking and meaning for the far future, his schooling and training and vocation, what shall remain after I am gone.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • His need for a more challenging vocation was fulfilled when in the mid-1930s he met an old friend from the early days in the Bruderschaft, Heinrich Himmler, who easily persuaded Hoss to abandon the plow and the hoe and to sample those gratifications that the SS might offer.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • 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
  • Hurriedly I began choosing my vocation.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He studied construction as his vocation and in November 2008 graduated with his high school diploma.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Roger missed his real vocation.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • What with women and wine and the excitement of his vocation, a man could afford to rest now and then.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • But medicine has always been a vocation for me, and those long hours in that hospital were priceless to the doctor I hoped one day to be.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He answered, to go to sea again, in his old vocation.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He felt decidedly repelled from such a vocation, and he imagined—perhaps he was mistaken—that the fair ones of Salt Lake City cast rather alarming glances on his person.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Never; I follow no other than my own high vocation, which is instruction in sacred music!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In fact, Sam considered oratory as his vocation, and never let slip an opportunity of magnifying his office.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • That the ravings of the sick were the secrets of God, and that if a nurse through her vocation should hear them, she should respect her trust.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • We often say he’s missed his vocation and ought to have been on the stage.’
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • In fact, Babi thought that the one thing the communists had done right-or at least intended to-ironically, was in the field of education, the vocation from which they had fired him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Your vocation will soon be obsolete, I think.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Our gracious sovereign recognizes his high vocation and will be true to it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ’He may have done a little in all these vocations, Mr. Lockwood; but I couldn’t give my word for any.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • What a misfortune it is you did not follow your first vocation; what a delicious abbe you would have made!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Everyone was incredulous when it was reported that he had a vocation for the priesthood.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • But I’ll have lots of spare time in the long winter evenings, and I’ve no vocation for fancy work.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Prohibition, gambling and their related vocations were so obviously practiced that it was hard for me to believe that they were against the law.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Who knows how easy it is for ambition to call itself vocation? in good faith, perchance, and deceiving itself, devotee that it is.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A stain on his conscience, as to anything that came within the range of his vocation, would trouble such a man very much in the same way, though to a far greater degree, than an error in the balance of an account, or an ink-blot on the fair page of a book of record.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • To my thinking it is their duty to be controlled, because that’s their vocation, and there is nothing humiliating in it for them.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Some were asked to speak on the relevance of the professional clergy to the religious vocation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In addition to his other vocations, he was the singing-master of the neighborhood, and picked up many bright shillings by instructing the young folks in psalmody.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • He was a skilled storyteller and his vocation offered a deep resource for some hilarious tales.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Betty’s vocation led her to think eating the most important thing in life.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • My sister was a learned woman, who had a vocation to pursue religious studies.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And at the same time pursued my other vocation.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • He’d come to his vocation as if driven ineluctably; he had never formed the intention of being sheriff, yet, to his astonishment, here he was.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • His vocation: Mickey Rooney’s band.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He went there, chose that as his vocation, with that as his purpose.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Having some foundation for believing, by this time, that nature and accident had made me an author, I pursued my vocation with confidence.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Their vocation, too, is gone.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I therefore endeavored to instil hope and courage into his mind, in order that he might dare to engage in a vocation so anomalous and responsible for a person in his situation; and I was seconded in this effort by warm-hearted friends, especially by the late General Agent of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Mr. JOHN A. COLLINS, whose judgment in this instance entirely coincided with my own.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Few teachers had the true vocation for their work.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • In the early years of this century, such a linen-weaver, named Silas Marner, worked at his vocation in a stone cottage that stood among the nutty hedgerows near the village of Raveloe, and not far from the edge of a deserted stone-pit.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It is the restfulest vocation there is.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • It is a splendid vocation you have chosen—to smooth the way for the march of unappreciated truths, and new and courageous lines of thought.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Three seconds after reading this letter from the honorable Secretary of the Navy, I understood at last that my true vocation, my sole purpose in life, was to hunt down this disturbing monster and rid the world of it.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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Associated words [difficulty]:   vocation [2] , avocation [6]
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