Webster 1913 Edition
vocatioa bidding, invitation, fr.
vocareto call, fr.
vocis, voice: cf. F.
A call; a summons; a citation; especially, a designation or appointment to a particular state, business, or profession.
What can be urged for them who not having the
vocationof poverty to scribble, out of mere wantonness make themselves ridiculous?
Destined or appropriate employment; calling; occupation; trade; business; profession.
He would think his service greatly rewarded, if he might obtain by that means to live in the sight of his prince, and yet practice his own chosen
Sir. P. Sidney.
A calling by the will of God.Specifically: –
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;“The golden chain of vocation, election, and justification.”
vocationof the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel
A call to special religious work, as to the ministry.
Every member of the same [the Church], in his
Bk. of Com. Prayer.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Among divines, a calling by the will of God; or 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; as the vocation of the Jews under the old dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel.
2.Summons; call; inducement.
What can be urged for them who, not having the vocation of poverty to scribble, out of mere wantonness make themselves ridiculous!
3.Designation or destination to a particular state or profession.
None is to enter the ecclesiastic or monastie state, without a particular vocation.
4.Employment; calling; occupation; trade; a word that includes professions as well as mechanical occupations. Let every divine, every physician, every lawyer, and every mechanic, be faithful and diligent in his vocation.