vocation, avocation

Vocation refers to a strong feeling or calling to fulfill a role, often a religious one; it also indicates one’s occupation.

  • Nathalie felt compelled to make the military her vocation.

An avocation is a hobby or pastime.

  • Roger enjoyed photography as an avocation but not as a profession.
  • Mandy’s vocation is nursing, but her avocation is white-water canoeing.

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