vocation vs avocation

vocation avocation


  • 1) An occupation for which a person is suited, trained or qualified.
  • 2) An inclination to undertake a certain kind of work, especially a religious career; often in response to a perceived summons; a calling.
  • 3) Theology A calling of an individual by God, especially for a religious career.
  • 4) A regular occupation, especially one for which a person is particularly suited or qualified.
  • 5) An inclination or aptness for a certain kind of work.
  • 6) The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation.
  • 7) A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession.
  • 8) Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession.
  • 9) A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.
  • 10) (Theol.) A calling by the will of God.
  • 11) the particular occupation for which you are trained
  • 12) a body of people doing the same kind of work
  • 13) A calling or designation to a particular activity, office, or duty; a summons; a call; in theology, a call, under God's guidance, to the Christian life or some special state, service, or ministry.
  • 14) Employment; occupation; avocation; calling; business; trade: including professions as well as mechanical occupations. See avocation, 5.
  • 15) Synonyms Calling, Business, etc. See occupation.


  • 1) obsolete A calling away; a diversion.
  • 2) Pursuits; duties; affairs which occupy one's time; usual employment; vocation.
  • 3) A hobby or recreational or leisure pursuit.
  • 4) That which calls one away from one's regular employment or vocation.
  • 5) An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby.
  • 6) Obs. or Archaic A calling away; a diversion.
  • 7) The act of calling aside or diverting from some object or employment.
  • 8) A person's regular business or occupation; vocation; calling.
  • 9) Hence—4. That which calls one away from one's proper business; a subordinate or occasional occupation; a diversion or distraction.
  • 10) The state of being called, or of wandering aside or away; a diversion of the thoughts.
  • 11) The authoritative removal of a case or process from an inferior to a superior court.


  • 1) You could discover your vocation in life when you try a new way of working.
  • 2) They look for people with a vocation for teaching.
  • 3) Trades union leadership in those days was less a career than a vocation.
  • 4) These women mostly saw their jobs as a vocation.
  • 5) It is a calling as insistent as any religious vocation.
  • 6) This may be the day you discover your true vocation in life.
  • 7) He sought to encourage the vocation of younger people.
  • 8) Then she came to recognise a vocation to religious life as her true calling.
  • 9) These days parenting is a science, a competitive sport and a vocation rolled into one.
  • 10) He said that public sector leaders who followed their vocation were doing jobs they would have done happily for a lot less pay.
  • 11) That did not seem to be one 's vocation.
  • 12) At times, he has looked burdened and golf has seemed more like a job than a vocation.
  • 13) You sense that being a dad is Wise's real vocation.
  • 14) It is a vocation, a calling upon their whole life, requiring complete engagement.
  • 15) That, like her religious vocation, soars to the skies.
  • 16) They would talk about it as if it was a calling or a vocation rather than a cold-blooded act, and that was tough.
  • 17) ‘Marty perceives his mentoring not as a career but as a vocation and a faith commitment.’
  • 18) ‘And I think at that time my vocation became very strong.’
  • 19) ‘The newspaper has a new astrologer and he found his vocation following careers in the Royal Navy, hotels and catering.’
  • 20) ‘This is bleak because my career is neither a passion nor a vocation.’
  • 21) ‘I imagine that most people who go into the Police Service have a strong sense of vocation.’
  • 22) ‘I commend the New Zealanders who continue to study for those professions, regardless of the many disincentives, because they have a vocation and a real desire to help others.’
  • 23) ‘He was born in a Kerry farming community in 1938 and, in his early 20s, he received his vocation to enter the priesthood.’
  • 24) ‘And this pope actually had a deep influence on my own vocation to the priesthood.’
  • 25) ‘‘Teaching is a vocation as well as a profession,’ is John's guiding principle.’
  • 26) ‘She was also a teacher in inner city London - a vocation which requires real dedication.’
  • 27) ‘The teacher does not hold the prospect of wealth but is accorded respect for his vocation and dedication to the care of the young.’
  • 28) ‘Management is a calling, a vocation that requires knowledge and passion, but also patience.’
  • 29) ‘He returned to what he considered to be his main vocation, theoretical physics, focusing on entirely novel topics.’
  • 30) ‘Her conclusion about balancing work and family is that any determined woman can develop a worthy vocation even if she does not pursue a full-time career.’
  • 31) ‘Historically, public service was the honourable vocation of the nobility and gentry, whose younger sons went into the army, the Church or the law.’
  • 32) ‘But she has now found her vocation with Wiltshire Ambulance Service.’
  • 33) ‘We need to remember that there were many generations of women who never had the opportunity to exercise their vocation in the priesthood and there are those who would make excellent bishops who will never have that opportunity.’
  • 34) ‘It's not a job but a vocation, consuming you not just with the thoughts and concerns of making responsible decisions, but the regular flow of phone calls, e-mails and letters.’
  • 35) ‘He helped many people along his journey before deciding that he wanted to make the priesthood his vocation.’
  • 36) ‘Yet she has set her heart in turning her passion for art and craft into a full-time vocation.’
  • 37) ‘They often work through without a break yet put up with it because they come into the job as a vocation to help people.’
  • 38) ‘As much as he denies it, what was supposed to be a temporary job is becoming a vocation.’
  • 39) ‘For him, sculpting is more than mere employment, it's a vocation.’
  • 40) ‘Late in life, he seemed to find his vocation as a writer rather than a publishing employee.’
  • 41) ‘When he joined the Force in 1972 he saw his future career as more a vocation than a job; he was willing to make whatever sacrifices were necessary to perform the task to the best of his ability.’
  • 42) ‘I mean, we don't get paid luxury salaries or anything like that, and for many of us it's a passion and a vocation and I must admit I'm thrilled by the fact that we are being recognised as being important.’
  • 43) ‘For more than 60 years, it's been my joy, my passion and my vocation.’
  • 44) ‘Preparing sermons has been the focus of my life, my struggle, my joy, my preoccupation, my occupation and my vocation.’
  • 45) ‘Literature was his vocation, and his love of technology seems to have been a matter of high principle rather than of practice.’
  • 46) ‘To fit in society well, a youth has to learn a skill, vocation, profession or trade for him or her to become a responsible citizen in the community.’
  • 47) ‘Children were sent to college and frequently went on to pursue professional vocations, such as law, education, or medicine.’
  • 48) ‘This behavior is a quick turnoff to professionals who value their vocation and what they have to offer.’
  • 49) ‘We relied too much on the medical profession being a vocation which people went into because they cared about people rather than as a career.’
  • 50) ‘It should be noted that to this point he has never billed a minute of company time as a professional in his vocation.’
  • 51) ‘They hoped for Jean Marie to become a priest, and his sister and brother already had vocations as a missionary nun and priest respectively, both working in South America.’
  • 52) ‘The midwifery was her paying vocation, she made money or got items in trade for helping other women with childbirth.’


  • 1) `I often wonder, Deirdre, why you did not choose the sea instead of the Law as your avocation.
  • 2) So Frances Hodgson Rondel must, one way and another, have got quite an earful about Professor Shandy's strange avocation.
  • 3) But Guckert's avocation is the least-creepy aspect of this story.
  • 4) My main avocation, almost a second vocation, is farming.
  • 5) I'm now pursuing my long-term avocation, the stock market.
  • 6) I miss my chosen avocation, which is that of minstrel.
  • 7) "I would not like to hurt your feelings by calling your avocation a trade!"
  • 8) Allowing liberty to a prisoner to pursue this kind of avocation is productive of another evil; it leads him, by gradual steps, from becoming careless of his proper duty, to the assumption of a degree of importance and independence which induces him to place himself above his master, and thus controverts the natural and necessary distinctions of society.
  • 9) Now _calling_ does not mean 'avocation' or 'employment,' as I perhaps need scarcely explain, but the divine fact of our having been summoned by Him to be His.
  • 10) "I've worked with a lot of good folks over my career, and I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me in this 'avocation' to have worked alongside each of them."
  • 11) ‘The first concerns individuals engaged in occupations or avocations in which chasing the spotlight and thriving on the adulation of others are not only appropriate and adaptive but a sine qua non for success.’
  • 12) ‘Even then, farming for them was a hobby, an avocation, a link to a way of life that was slipping away.’
  • 13) ‘The bile directed at us in the column shows a desire to hurt me personally and to make my employer suffer for my avocation.’
  • 14) ‘Obvious identification with the parent who died, e.g., wearing their clothes, becoming interested in their vocations and avocations was most frequent in this age group.’
  • 15) ‘Some people have several vocations and avocations; some have worked in numerous industries; and some are interested in moving to a different profession.’
  • 16) ‘And the specter of student loans spurred graduates to take lucrative jobs rather than pursue avocations.’
  • 17) ‘So I thought by being a lawyer that I could combine my vocation with my avocations and be part of the various worlds I love.’
  • 18) ‘In 1931, Heath retired from engineering research and patent law to devote himself to his avocation of horticulture and to research into the foundations of the natural and social sciences.’
  • 19) ‘From e-mail to Weblogs, the online world opens up avenues to cozy up to experts, make a mark in your avocation or profession, and be viewed, in your own right, as someone who matters.’
  • 20) ‘Although birdwatchers may pursue their avocation for as long as they wish during the year, there comes a time when the activity gets stepped up.’
  • 21) ‘More than a few antiques dealers start out as indefatigable collectors who make the decision to turn their avocation into a vocation.’
  • 22) ‘That natural pastime became a lifelong avocation that has helped recognize and protect many notable trees in his borne county.’
  • 23) ‘And maybe you'll have some energy left over to indulge your avocation until it can become your vocation.’
  • 24) ‘Food and interior design have always been avocations of mine.’
  • 25) ‘But the trouble with gardening, as the American poet Phyllis McGinley once pointed out, is that ‘it does not remain an avocation, it becomes an obsession’.’
  • 26) ‘Even an avocation demands strenuous devotion and fortitude.’
  • 27) ‘But, this youngster surely has an avocation that is seriously different - producing music with the vocal chords.’
  • 28) ‘Now, you've studied particularly the writings, the love letters of people who actually write as an avocation.’
  • 29) ‘Not bad for an incidental photographer who took up photography mostly as a necessity rather than an avocation!’
  • 30) ‘Enjoying politics as an avocation is different from caring about the actual political issues.’

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