• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Avocate To call off or away; to withdraw; to transfer to another tribunal. "One who avocateth his mind from other occupations.""He, at last, . . . avocated the cause to Rome."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • avocate To call off or away.
    • avocate To remove authoritatively from an inferior to a superior court.
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  • Nelson Algren
    Nelson Algren
    “The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. avocatus, p. p. of avocare,; a, ab, + vocare, to call. Cf. Avoke, and see Vocal (a.)


In literature:

But these multifarious avocations did not take up the whole of his thoughts.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
But when he saw Mrs. Cristie her avocation was one in which he could not take part.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
Pardon me, madam; that is the avocation of a man of taste.
"The Contrast" by Royall Tyler
They only meet at a general rendezvous, when some important expedition is contemplated, and afterwards return to their own avocations.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
But if the babies' conversation was unenlightening, their chosen avocations are not uninteresting.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Thus farming is becoming neither a job nor an avocation, but a genuine vocation, or profession.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
Petrarca, in his avocation of barber, was in the greatest request.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
We are often more united to God, in our daily avocations, than in retirement.
"Letters of Madam Guyon" by P. L. Upham
There could be no man more punctual in all his daily avocations than Mr. Greenwood.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Indeed, the old fellow was too unhappy for his usual avocations.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
He urged him to go on, plying him with questions about his strange avocation.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Mansel could do both these things; but he was somewhat indolent, and had many avocations.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
The reader may imagine that in the pursuit of health I found no time to engage in the usual avocations of life.
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
He is improving his chance to pursue the avocation of book salesman.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
I looked upon the avocations of this strange land, and wondered at them.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
The division of labor will specially affect the schools for teaching particular avocations.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Of a score or two the names have been preserved, with their respective avocations.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Breakfast over, the other boarders went off to their respective avocations, and Denham, lighting a cigar, strolled outside.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
This bird was taken by some sealers who were pursuing their avocations in Dusky Bay.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
It is in vain to speak of his dress, for it was changed daily as his circumstances or avocations directed.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume I" by Various

In poetry:

I've been hunted like a panther into my mountain lair,
Anxiety and misery my grim companions there.
I've planted in the scrub, my boys, and fed on kangaroo,
And wound up my avocations by ten years on Cockatoo.
"The Murrumbidgee Shearer" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

This question has been asked by many a passionate beer enthusiast dreaming of making an avocation a way of life.
Achaeologists Elaine Dorset, from left, Doug Wilson and Bob Cromwell were honored by the Oregon Archaeological Society for helping "avocational archaeologists" learn while pitching in with local excavations.
Designed for wireless and wired AV applications, the Emerge MPX1000 wireless high-definition media extender from Avocent Corp. Includes a transmitter and receiver, and supports computer graphics resolutions up to 1280x768.
But the stunt was not unusual for a man accustomed to public displays of avocational skill.
Near the end of a long career in this profession, he took up photography as an avocation.
Doctor by vocation and nihilist by avocation, Bazarov today would scarcely recognize what has become of the philosophy he launched.
From avocation to vocation .
Avocations become side businesses for entrepreneurs mixing work and pleasure.
Keeping chickens is becoming a more common avocation for suburbanites.
Georgetown composer and financier Flugelman finds mix of avocations a fine 'cocktail.
David Barrow, who mastered watch repair and home building — and many avocations, too — after a car crash at age 18 left him a paraplegic, died Monday in Advanced Specialty Hospital in Toledo.
Avocent Emerge MPX1000 Wireless VGA and Audio Module.
A new wireless VGA and audio module is available from Avocent.
Emerson and Avocent Corp.
Announced they have reached an agreement for Emerson to acquire Avocent, an IT infrastructure management company that has also made in-roads into digital signage and AV distribution.