thumb|200px|American_First_Lady_Bess Truman with Girls Scouts and their volunteer leaders] An avocation is an activity that a person does as a hobby outside their principal occupation. There are many examples of people whose profession was the way they made a living, but whose activities outside their workplace were their true passion in life.

Many times a person's regular vocation may lead to their avocation. Many forms of humanitarian campaigning, such as work for organizations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace may be done by people involved in the law or human rights issues as part of their work..Boyd, B. (2006, October 20). A secret history of the old Ball game. "Irish Times". Retrieved July 04, 2007, from http://www.ireland.com/theticket/articles/2006/1020/1160606784745.html]

Many people involved with youth work pursue this as an avocation.Fact|date=February 2008

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  • avocation — index business (occupation), career, employment, job, occupation (vocation), position (business status) …   Law dictionary

  • avocation — (n.) 1520s, a calling away from one s occupation, from L. avocationem (nom. avocatio) a calling away, distraction, diversion, noun of action from pp. stem of avocare, from ab off, away from (see AB (Cf. ab )) + vocare to call (see VOICE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • avocation — [n] hobby amusement, diversion, kick*, occupation, pastime, recreation, schtick*, shot*, side interest, sideline, thing*; concept 364 Ant. profession, vocation, work …   New thesaurus

  • avocation — [av΄ə kā′shən] n. [L avocatio, a calling away < pp. of avocare < a (ab ), away + vocare, to call < vox, VOICE] 1. Obs. the fact of being called away or distracted from something 2. something one does in addition to a vocation or regular… …   English World dictionary

  • avocation — avocational, adj. avocationally, adv. /av euh kay sheuhn/, n. 1. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, esp. for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor s avocation is painting. 2. a person s regular occupation, calling, or vocation.… …   Universalium

  • avocation — [[t]æ̱voʊke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] avocations N VAR Your avocation is a job or activity that you do because you are interested in it, rather than to earn your living. [FORMAL] He was a printer by trade and naturalist by avocation …   English dictionary

  • avocation — noun Etymology: Latin avocation , avocatio, from avocare to call away, from ab + vocare to call, from voc , vox voice more at voice Date: circa 1617 1. archaic diversion, distraction 2. customary employment ; vocation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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