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amusement

Roget category 840

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.1. Passive affections

#840. Amusement

noun

amusement, entertainment, recreation, fun, game, fun and gamesdiversion, divertissement reaction, solacepastime, passetemps [Fr.], sportlabor of lovepleasure etc. 827.
relaxationleisure etc. 685.
fun, frolic, merriment, jollityjoviality, jovialnessheydaylaughter etc. 838jocosity, jocosenessdrollery, buffoonery, tomfoolerymummery, pleasantrywit etc. 842quip, quirk.
[verbal expressions of amusement: list] giggle, titter, snigger, snicker, crow, cheer, chuckle, shouthorse laugh, belly laugh, hearty laughguffaw burst of laughter, fit of laughter, shout of laughter, roar of laughter, peal of laughtercachinnationKentish firetiger.
playgame, game at rompsgambol, romp, prank, antic, rig, lark, spree, skylarking, vagary, monkey trick, gambade, fredaine, escapade, echappee [Fr.], bout, espieglerie [Fr.]practical joke etc. (ridicule) 856.
dancehop, reel, rigadoon, saraband, hornpipe, bolero, ballroom dance[ballroom dances: list], minuet, waltz, polka, fox trot, tango, samba, rhumba, twist, stroll, hustle, cha-chafandango, cancanbayaderebreakdown, cake-walk, cornwallis [U.S.], break dancingnautch-girlshindig [U.S.]skirtdance, stag dance, Virginia reel, square dancegalop, galopadejig, Irish jig, fling, strathspeyallemande [Fr.]gavot, gavotte, tarantellamazurka, morisco, morris dancequadrillecountry dance, folk dancecotillon, Sir Roger de Coverleyballet etc. (drama) 599ballbal, bal masque, bal costumemasqueradeTerpsichore.
festivity, merrymakingparty etc. (social gathering) 892blowout [U.S.], hullabaloo, hoedown, bat [U.S.], bum [U.S.], bust [Slang], clambake [U.S.], donation party [U.S.], fish fry [U.S.], jamboree [Slang], kantikoy, nautch, randy, squantum [U.S.], tear [Slang], Turnerfest, yule logfete, festival, gala, ridottorevels, revelry, revelingcarnival, brawl, saturnalia, high jinksfeast, banquet etc. (food) 298regale, symposium, wassailcarouse, carousaljollification, junket, wake, Irish wake, picnic, fete champetre [Fr.], regatta, field day treat.
round of pleasures, dissipation, a short life and a merry one, racketing, holiday making.
rejoicing etc. 838jubilee etc. (celebration) 883.
bonfire, fireworks, feu-de-joie, firecracker.
holidaygala day, red letter day, play dayhigh days and holidayshigh holiday, Bank holidayMay day, Derby daySaint Monday, Easter Monday, Whit MondayBairamwayz-goos, bean feastArbor Day, Declaration Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving DayMardi gras [Fr.], mi-careme [Fr.], feria [Lat.], fiesta.
place of amusement, theaterhall, concert room, ballroom, assemblyroom music hall.
park, plaisancenational park, national forest, state park, county park, city park, vest-pocket park, public park (public) 737.1; arborgarden etc. (horticulture) 371pleasure ground, playground, cricketground, croquet ground, archery ground, hunting groundtennis court, racket courtbowling alley, green alleycroquet lawn, rink, glaciarum, skating rinkroundabout, merry-go-roundswingmontagne Russe [Fr.].
game of chance, game of skill.
athletic sports, gymnasticsarchery, rifle shootingtournament, pugilism etc. (contention) 720sports etc. 622horse racing, the turfaquatics etc. 267skating, slidingcricket, tennis, lawn tennishockey, football, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, basketballrackets, fives, trap bat and ball, battledore and shuttlecock, la gracepall-mall, tipcat, croquet, golf, curling, pallone, polo, water polotent peggingtilting at the ring, quintain [Mediev.]greasy polequoits, horseshoes, discusrounders, lacrossetobogganing, water poloknurr and spell.
[childrens' games] leapfrog, hop skip and jumpmother may IFrench and English, tug of war blindman's bluff, hunt the slopper, hide and seek, kiss in the ringsnapdragoncross questions and crooked answers.
crisscross, hopscotchjacks, jackstones, marblesmumblety-peg, mumble-the-peg, pushball, shinney, shinny, tag &c. — billiards, pool, pingpong, pyramids, bagatellebowls, skittles, ninepins, kain, American bowlstenpins [U.S.], tivoli.
cards, card gameswhist, rubberround gameloo, cribbage, besique, euchre, drole, ecarte [Fr.], picquet, allfours, quadrille, omber, reverse, Pope Joan, commit boston, boastonblackjack, twenty-one, vingtun [Fr.]quinze [Fr.], thirty-one, put, speculation, connections, brag, cassino, lottery, commerce, snip-snap-snoren, lift smoke, blind hookey, Polish bank, Earl of Coventry, Napoleon, patience, pairsbankerblind poker, draw poker, straight poker, stud pokerbluff, bridge, bridge whistlotto, monte, three-card monte, nap, penny-ante, poker, reversis, squeezers, old maid, fright, beggar-my-neighborbaccarat.
[cards: list] ace, king, queen, knave, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, trey, deucejokertrump, wild card.
[card suits: list] spades, hearts, clubs, diamondsmajor suit, minor suit.
bowerright bower, left bowerdummyjackpotdeck.
[hands at poker: list] pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full-house, four of a kind, royal flushmisere &c.. [board games: list] chess, draughts, checkers, checquers, backgammon, dominos, merelles, nine men's morris, go bang, solitairegame of fox and goose monopolyloto &c. — [word games: list], scrabble, scribbage, boggle, crossword puzzle, hangman.
morragambling etc. (chance) 621.
toy, plaything, baubledoll etc. (puppet ) 554teetotumknickknack etc. (trifle) 643magic lantern etc. (show) 448peep show, puppet show, raree show, gallanty showtoy shopquips and cranks and wanton wiles, nods and becks quips and cranks and wanton wiles, nods and becks and wreathed smiles" [Milton]. entertainer, showman, showgirldancer, tap dancer, song-and-dance manvaudeville actsingermusician etc. 416.
sportsman, gamester, revelermaster of ceremonies, master of revelspompom girlarbiter elegantiarum [Lat.]arbiter bibendi [Lat.], archer, fan [U.S.], toxophilite, turfman.

verb

amuse, entertain, divert, enliventickle the fancytitillate, raise a smile, put in good humorcause laughter, create laughter, occasion laughter, raise laughter, excite laughter, produce laughter, convulse with laughterset the table in a roar, be the death of one.
recreate, solace, cheer, rejoiceplease etc. 829interesttreat, regale.
amuse oneself, gameplay a game, play pranks, play trickssport, disport, toy, wanton, revel, junket, feast, carouse, banquet, make merry, drown caredrive dull care awayfrolic, gambol, frisk, rompcaperdance etc. (leap) 309keep up the ballrun a rig, sow one's wild oats, have one's fling, take one's pleasurepaint the town red [Slang]see lifedesipere in loco [Lat.], play the fool.
make holiday, keep holidaygo a Maying.
while away the time, beguile the timekill time, dally.
smile, simper, smirkgrin, grin like a Cheshire catmock, laugh in one's sleevelaugh, laugh outrightgiggle, titter, snigger, crow, snicker, chuckle, cackleburst out, burst into a fit of laughtershout, split, roar.
shake one's sides, split one's sides, hold both one's sidesroar with laughter, die with laughter.

adjective

amusing, entertaining, diverting etc. v. — recreational, recreative, lusorypleasant etc. (pleasing) 829laughable etc. (ludicrous) 853witty etc. 842fun, festive, festaljovial, jolly, jocund, roguish, rompishplayful, playful as a kittensportive, ludibrious.
funnyvery funny, hilarious, uproarious, side-splitting.
amused etc. v. — pleased with a rattle, tickled with a pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw" [Pope]; laughing etc. v. — risibleready to burst, ready to split, ready to die with laughterconvulsed with laughter, rolling in the aisles.

adverb

on the light fantastic toe" [Milton], at play, in sport.

interjection

vive la bagatelle! [Fr.], vogue la galere! [Fr.],

phrase

deus nobis haec otia fecit [Lat.]dum vivimus vivamus [Lat.]dulce est desipere in loco [Lat.] [Horace]; (every room) hath blazed with lights and brayed (every room) hath blazed with lights and brayed with minstrelsy" [Timon of Athens]; misce stullitiam consiliis brevem [Lat.] [Horace].



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