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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun amusement:


Definition of the noun amusement

What does amusement mean as a name of something?

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.

Phrases with Amusement

  1. amusement park
  2. amusement arcade


"Amusement" is an American 2008 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 is the last film to be distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.


  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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Amusement

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Google previewThe Emotions (1992)

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 previewThe Congregational Review (1866)

Still farther we are diverted by that which turns off our thoughts to something of livelier interest ; we are entertained by that which brings our minds into agreeable contact with others, as conversation or a book, but our amusement is that which ;...

Google previewThe Boston Review (1866)

Still farther we are diverted by that which turns off our thoughts to something of livelier interest ; we are entertained by that which brings our minds into agreeable contact with others, as conversation or a book, but our amusement is that which ;...

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 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 previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Falconry was anciently a favorite amusement in Britain, and to carry a hawk was esteemed a distinction ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Community (2008)

From the Village to the Virtual World by 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  ...

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Quotes about Amusement

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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