What does amusement mean?
Definitions for amusement
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word amusement.
a feeling of delight at being entertained
an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
An activity that is entertaining or amusing, such as dancing, gunning, and fishing.
Etymology: Borrowed from amusement, from.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
That which amuses; entertainment.
Etymology: amusement, Fr.
Every interest or pleasure of life, even the most trifling amusement, is suffered to postpone the one thing necessary. John Rogers.
During his confinement, his amusement was to give poison to dogs and cats, and see them expire by slower or quicker torments. Alexander Pope, Eth. Epist. notes.
I was left to stand the battle, while others, who had better talents than a draper, thought it no unpleasant amusement to look on with safety, whilst another was giving them diversion, at the hazard of his liberty. Jonathan Swift.
Amusement is the state of experiencing humorous and entertaining events or situations while the person or animal actively maintains the experience, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure. It is an emotion with positive valence and high physiological arousal. Amusement is considered an "epistemological" emotion because humor occurs when one experiences a cognitive shift from one knowledge structure about a target to another, such as hearing the punchline of a joke. The pleasant surprise that happens from learning this new information leads to a state of amusement which people often express through smiling, laughter or chuckling. Current studies have not yet reached consensus on the exact purpose of amusement, though theories have been advanced in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and sociology. In addition, the precise mechanism that causes a given element (image, sound, behavior, etc.) to be perceived as more or less 'amusing' than another similar element to a particular individual is not clearly understood.
deep thought; muse
the state of being amused; pleasurable excitement; that which amuses; diversion
Amusement is the state of experiencing humorous and entertaining events or situations, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure. Current studies have not yet reached consensus on the exact purpose of amusement, though theories have been advanced in the fields of psychology, psychiatry and sociology. In addition, the precise mechanism that causes a given element to be perceived as more or less 'amusing' than another, similar element to a particular individual is not clearly understood.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'amusement' in Nouns Frequency: #2930
The numerical value of amusement in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of amusement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of amusement in a Sentence
Our team has the health and welfare of our guest who was involved in Sunday’s incident at Top Thrill Dragster at the forefront of our minds. We will continue to offer our support to her and her family in this unimaginably difficult time, we want to fully understand what happened and why. Together with the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture’s Division of Amusement Ride Safety Fairs, third party investigators, engineers and the ride’s manufacturer, we are being careful, methodical and thorough. We will not rush the investigation and will work tirelessly in our search for answers in the interest of improving safety.
Pella was awesome, it was honestly like being in an amusement park.
Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.
These kids should be having fun living out their childhood, enjoying trips to the amusement park, but the political bickering has made their life a cruel roller coaster. Roughly 4.5 million children under the age of 18 live in mixed-status homes, with one family member being undocumented.
That has us all very worried, because everyone knows that Mexico isn't an amusement park. We could run into some dangerous problems.
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Translations for amusement
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- развлечение, забавлениеBulgarian
- Entertainment, Unterhaltung, Amüsement, VergnügenGerman
- ψυχαγωγία, διασκέδαση, αναψυχήGreek
- diversión, divertimientoSpanish
- شادی خوشحالی خوشی مسرت, سرگرمیPersian
- huvi, huvitus, huvittuneisuus, hilpeysFinnish
- שעשוע, כיוףHebrew
- intrattenimento, festeggiamento, divertimentoItalian
- 娯楽, 遊び, アミューズメントJapanese
- көңүл ачуу, эриккенди жазуу, эрмек, оюн-зоокKyrgyz
- разонода, забаваMacedonian
- amusement, vertierDutch
- забава, развлечениеRussian
- razvedrilo, zabavaSlovene
- eğlence, eğlenti, etkinlik, uğraşıTurkish
- hài hướcVietnamese
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