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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 Concepts of Criticism (2012)

by L. Aschenbrenner

Judgment of the comic substance must be virtually infallible, since, as we noted, amusement is an all-or-none affair. In all of this, many of the categories of the characterization particularly of the presentational arts but also others are directly ...

Google previewIn Other Shoes (2015)

Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence by Kendall L. Walton

Amusement is an intentional experience, an experience of something. It is not a mere twinge or tickle in the stomach that one feels as a result of hearing a good joke. The kind of understanding Anthony is unable to achieve involves an ...

Google previewEthics at the Cinema (2011)

by Ward E. Jones, Samantha Vice

Amusement is an intentional state, both dependent upon and intertwined with an agent's beliefs or imaginings; it is always a response to and ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of Emotion (2010)

by Gretchen Reevy, Yvette Malamud Ozer, Yuri Ito

AMYGDALA 59 Amusement as an experience has most often been studied in the broader context of humor. The study of humor involves investigating not only one's reaction to an event or situation (amusement) but also the stimulus that led to ...

Google previewAmerica Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States [3 volumes] (2012)

An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States by Kim Kennedy White

Thus began the first enclosed amusement park. Following the success of the Sea Lion Park, Steeplechase Park opened in 1897. It was named after its star attraction, the Steeplechase Gravity Ride, which had carved wooden horses on its ...

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 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 ...

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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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