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She took the job to support her avocation as a painter.
  a hobby or other activity separate from one’s work or profession
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avocations avocation avocational
Strongly Associated with:   vocation
Word Confusion:  Although an "avocation" was historically "not a vocation"; people confuse the words so often that many dictionaries now list the meaning of "vocation" (one’s work, profession, or calling) as an additional meaning of "avocation".
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  • She took the job to support her avocation as a painter.
  • ) My early years as a naturalist were free and fascinating, but as I entered manhood and found that my avocation must now become my vocation, the walls began to close in.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • 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
  • 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

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  • After my bomb avocation, I became the organizer of the supercolossal fruit roll.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • 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
  • As soon as they were established in their new residence, and her father had entered on the routine of his avocations, she arranged the little household as exactly as if her husband had been there.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Brahmins maintain that in the almost endless sculptures of that immemorial pagoda, all the trades and pursuits, every conceivable avocation of man, were prefigured ages before any of them actually came into being.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • 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
  • 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

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  • On that morning when Magua led his silent party from the settlement of the beavers into the forests, in the manner described, the sun rose upon the Delaware encampment as if it had suddenly burst upon a busy people, actively employed in all the customary avocations of high noon.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It is not an avocation of a remunerative description — in other words, it does not pay — and some temporary embarrassments of a pecuniary nature have been the consequence.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • 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
  • On the way Don Quixote asked the cousin of what sort and character his pursuits, avocations, and studies were, to which he replied that he was by profession a humanist, and that his pursuits and studies were making books for the press, all of great utility and no less entertainment to the nation.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • 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
  • He was a poet and a goldsmith by avocation, made his living as a limo driver.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Her avocations above having shut out all noise but what she created herself, she knew not that a visitor had arrived within the last few minutes, till, on entering the room, the first object she beheld was a young man whom she had never seen before.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • She was professional in her avocation, never letting a man go without some profit, not necessarily material, and never trading one man for another unless she thought she was bettering her collection.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • CHAPTER XVIII HOW OLIVER PASSED HIS TIME IN THE IMPROVING SOCIETY OF HIS REPUTABLE FRIENDS About noon next day, when the Dodger and Master Bates had gone out to pursue their customary avocations, Mr. Fagin took the opportunity of reading Oliver a long lecture on the crying sin of ingratitude; of which he clearly demonstrated he had been guilty, to no ordinary extent, in wilfully absenting himself from the society of his anxious friends; and, still more, in endeavouring to escape from…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • 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
  • Of such assurances, however, he had already a voluminous collection, and it would not have been worth his while to forsake a fruitful avocation merely to hear Mrs. Penniman say, for the thousandth time, that she had made his cause her own.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He seems to see reflected in them a figure antic as a showman, a little wild: a charlatan preaching worse than heresy, in utter disregard of that whose very stage he preempted, offering instead of the crucified shape of pity and love, a swaggering and unchastened bravo killed with a shotgun in a peaceful henhouse, in a temporary hiatus of his own avocation of killing.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Other avocations.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • 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
  • ’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
  • 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
  • But though she could neither sleep nor rest in her bed, yet, having no avocation from it, she was found there by her father at his return from Allworthy’s, which was not till past ten o’clock in the morning.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Since then Mr. Garth had failed in the building business, which he had unfortunately added to his other avocations of surveyor, valuer, and agent, had conducted that business for a time entirely for the benefit of his assignees, and had been living narrowly, exerting himself to the utmost that he might after all pay twenty shillings in the pound.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • —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
  • 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
  • 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
  • His sons were not long in arriving; for the cattle no sooner scented the food and water than they quickened their pace, and then succeeded the usual bustle and avocations of a halt.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He remained gazing after the lawyer until the door closed on both the bearer and the mysterious packet, when he returned slowly to the dwelling, and endeavored to forget his curiosity in the usual avocations of his office.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Sergeant Dunham, on whose shoulders fell the task of attending to these ordinary and daily duties, had got through all his morning avocations, and was beginning to think of his breakfast, before his child left her room, and came into the fresh air, equally bewildered, delighted, and grateful, at the novelty and security of her new situation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "Avocation," Alessandro interrupted.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The nature of my avocations for the last thirty years has brought me into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men, of whom as yet nothing that I know of has ever been written:—I mean the law-copyists or scriveners.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Becky and the ladies parted with some alacrity, however, and our friend returned to London to commence those avocations with which we find her occupied when this chapter begins.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They my-loved and my-deared each other assiduously, but kept apart generally, whereas Sir Pitt, in the midst of his multiplied avocations, found daily time to see his sister-in-law.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Everything seemed to go on as usual in the quiet, opulent house; the good-natured mistress pursuing, quite unsuspiciously, her bustling idleness, and daily easy avocations; the daughter absorbed still in one selfish, tender thought, and quite regardless of all the world besides, when that final crash came, under which the worthy family fell.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • —while her aunt returned to the house and to those avocations which the visitor had interrupted.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But it must be admitted that the fixing, which had to come first, was the more difficult task:—what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an "appointment") which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • When Edwards entered the hall, whose enormous doors were opened to the passage of the air of a mild evening, he found Benjamin engaged in some of his domestic avocations, and in a hurried voice inquired where Judge Temple was to be found.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • ’If your more important avocations should admit of your ever tracing these imperfect characters thus far — which may be, or may not be, as circumstances arise — you will naturally inquire by what object am I influenced, then, in inditing the present missive?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally; as much as to say,—Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill-humor or envy!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • …the success or failure of which will appear in the Sequel In blissful unconsciousness that his nephew was hastening at the utmost speed of four good horses towards his sphere of action, and that every passing minute diminished the distance between them, Ralph Nickleby sat that morning occupied in his customary avocations, and yet unable to prevent his thoughts wandering from time to time back to the interview which had taken place between himself and his niece on the previous day.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • A few leaky boats drawn up on the mud, and made fast to the dwarf wall which skirted it: and here and there an oar or coil of rope: appeared, at first, to indicate that the inhabitants of these miserable cottages pursued some avocation on the river; but a glance at the shattered and useless condition of the articles thus displayed, would have led a passer-by, without much difficulty, to the conjecture that they were disposed there, rather for the preservation of appearances, than with…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I trust that the labour and hazard of an investigation — of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon — combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my…
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "What! dost thou still persist, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "in saying, thinking, believing, and maintaining that my lady Dulcinea was sifting wheat, that being an occupation and task entirely at variance with what is and should be the employment of persons of distinction, who are constituted and reserved for other avocations and pursuits that show their rank a bowshot off?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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