VOCA'TION, n. [L. vocatio, from voco, to call. See Voice.]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.
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