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Definition of the noun amusement

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noun - plural: amusements

  1. a feeling of delight at being entertained
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic words: delectation / delight = a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction
  2. an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of amusement: entertainment
    • more generic words: diversion / recreation = an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
    • more specific terms:
      • beguilement / distraction = an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
      • edutainment = entertainment that is intended to be educational
      • extravaganza = any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
      • militainment = entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
      • night life / nightlife = the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
      • show = the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

Alternative definition of the noun amusement


  1. [uncountable] Entertainment
  2. [countable] An activity that is entertaining or amusing, such as dancing, gunning, and fishing.

Specialised definition of the noun amusement

Glossary of sports

a feeling of pleasure caused by something that is funny or enjoyable. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Amusement" is a 2008 American horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas. The film went direct-to-video in January 2009. It was the last film to be distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment before their closure in 2008 and relaunch in 2013.


"Amusement" is a musical single of Hüsker Dü.

  • also known as Statues / Amusement
  • released in (34 years ago)


  1. Amusement is the state of experiencing humorous and entertaining events or situations, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure.
  2. Amusement is a quarterly high-range French magazine dedicated to video games and digital entertainment. Its first issue was published in May 2008. This magazine of approximately 200 pages is distributed in France and in many English-speaking countries.The magazine has been mainly lauded for the very new and artistic way to represent digital entertainment and videogames.

Phrases with Amusement

  1. amusement park
  2. amusement arcade

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Amusement

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Google previewHumour: A Very Short Introduction (2014)

by Noël Carroll

amusement is an emotional state, understood in terms of incongruity. On the other hand,

Google previewThe Emotions (2012)

A Philosophical Theory by O.H Green

Although surprise is only sometimes held to be an emotion, the view that amusement is an emotion is very common.

Google previewOxford Companion to Emotion and the Affective Sciences (2014)

by David Sander, Klaus Scherer

CHRISTINE TAPPOLET amusement Amusement is the state of experiencing funny and often entertaining events or...

amusement is a state we enjoy ...

Google previewThe Problem with Pleasure (2013)

Modernism and Its Discontents by Laura Frost

” What distinguishes modernist productions from amusement is the effort entailed. Quality pleasure is challenging, flexible, and innovative ...

Google previewThe General Magazine and Impartial Review (1787)

Including a History of the Present Times, and an Account of New Publications. Interspersed with Original and Selected Tales, Essays, Biography, Poetry, &c. &c. &c. with a Monthly Chronicle of Events

y | 'O add to the public stock of innocent amusement is an undertaking of more real utility than may be readily conceived by those who regard all amusements with a cynical eye. In nations where riches ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Wit, Or Momus's Cabinet of Amusement (1811)

Consisting of a Choice Collection of Bon Mots, Puns, Epigrams, Humourous Tales in Verse, and Anecdotes of Eminent Eccentric Characters, ...

an universal classic, equally tasted by the court and the cottage, equally applauded in France and England as in Spain, quoted by every servant, the amusement of every age from infancy to decrepitude ;-the first book you see on every shelf, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture (2004)

by Stephen Sennott

AMUSEMENT PARK 51 Pehnt, Wolfgang, Expressionist Architecture, London: Thames and Hudson and New York: Praeger, 1973. Trans J. Underwood and Edith Kuestner. Originally in German, Die Architektur des Expressionismus, Stuttgart: ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 16: Sports and Recreation by Harvey H. Jackson III

The Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park, opened in 1928 and closed in 1983, once hosted concerts by famous entertainers, including Elvis Presley, and housed dozens of popular rides and attractions such as the Monster, the Zephyr, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Community (2003)

From the Village to the Virtual World by DAVID LEVINSON, KAREN CHRISTENSEN

these parks featured “fountains, flower gardens, bowling, games, music, dancing, staged spectacles and a few primitive amusement rides” ( National Amusement Park Historical Association 1999). Elaborate ice slides were ...

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

amusement allowance n. (allocation) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of New Jersey (2004)

by Maxine N. Lurie, Marc Mappen

Amusement Park was a thirty-eight- acre park on top of the Palisades cliffs in the towns of Fort Lee. Cliffside Park, and Edgewater in Bergen County. It was first opened to the public in 1898 by the Bergen County Traction Company as a simple ...

Google previewThe Virginia and West Virginia Judicial Dictionary-digest (1922)

Words and Phrases. Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Virginia and West Virginia Cases and in the Codes of Those States, Combined with a Digest of Virginia and West Virginia Cases and Principles of Law as Therein Applied by Fred P. Caldwell

An amusement company which, for value, has been granted the privilege of exhibiting wheels of a certain class on fair grounds does not forfeit its right to ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1908)

by David Shephard Garland, Lucius Polk McGehee, James Cockcroft

Amusement Co., (Supm. Ct. App. T.) 53 Misc. (N. Y.) 549, Io: 3 N. Y. Supp. 731; Saxe v. Shubert Theatrical Co., (Supm. Ct. App. T.) Ios N. Y. Supp.

Google previewThe Bedside Dream Dictionary (2007)

by Silvana Amar

Amusement. Park. This dream may be pointing to one of your perceptions about life or be symbolic of life itself.You may see some parts of your life as lively, interesting, adventurous and entertaining. On the other hand, depending on the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sunday Schools and Religious Education (1915)

Giving a World-wide View of the History and Progress of the Sunday School and the Development of Religious Education... by John Thomas McFarland, Benjamin Severance Winchester

It is customary to use the word "amusement" in a somewhat loose sense to signify any occupation which is pleasurable and which affords relief from the daily routine of life. Strictly speaking, a distinction should be made between amusement ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Thoughts (1908)

by Tryon Edwards

Dancing is an amusement which has been discouraged in our country by many of the best people, and ...

Google previewAllison's Webster's Counting-house Dictionary of the English Language (1884)

And Dictionary of Electricity, Electrical Terms and Apparatus by William L. Allison

Amusement. allures. and. deceives. us,. and. leads. us. down. imperceptibly. in. thoughtlessness. to. the. grave. (Fr.) —. Pascal. Amusement. to. the. cat,. and. agony. to. the. rat. —. Tamil. An. accuser. should. always. appear. with. clean. hands.

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Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think. (Alexander Pope)
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Scrabble value of A1M3U1S1E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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