amusement[ uh-myooz-muhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF amusement
Synonyms for amusement
- field day
- fun and games
- high time
- merry go round
Antonyms for amusement
c.1600, "diversion of attention," especially in military actions, from French amusement, noun of action from amuser (see amuse).
Meaning "a pastime, play, game, anything which pleasantly diverts the attention" (from duty, work, etc.) is from 1670s, originally depreciative; meaning "pleasurable diversion" attested from 1690s. Amusement hall is from 1862; amusement park first recorded 1897.