840. Amusement.

840. Amusement.NOUN. amusement, entertainment, recreation, diversion, divertissement; reaction, solace; pastime, passetemps [Middle French] passe-temps [Fr.], sport; labour of love; pleasure &c. 827.

relaxation; leisure &c. 685.

fun, game, fun and games; frolic, merriment, whoopee, jollity; joviality, jovialness; heyday; laughter &c. 838; jocosity, jocoseness; drollery, buffoonery, tomfoolery; mummery, masquing, pleasantry; wit &c. 842; quip, quirk.

play; game, game at romps; gambol, romp, prank, antic, rig, lark, spree, skylarking, vagary, trick, monkey trick, gambade [Old Fr.], fredaine [Fr.] {an escapade or prank}, escapade, échappée [Fr.], bout, espièglerie [Fr.] {Impish or playful behaviour; mischief}; practical joke &c. (ridicule) 856.

dance; country dance, round dance, sqaure dance, solo dance, tap dance, clog dance, skirt dance, sand dance, folk dance, morris dance, pas seul, step, turn, chassé, cut, shuffle, double shuffle; hop, reel, Virginia reel, rigadoon, saraband, hornpipe, bolero, fandango, pavan, tarantella, minuet, walktz, polka; galop, galopade; Schottische, pas de quatre, Boston, one-step, two-step, rumba, samba, tango, twist, stroll, hustle, cha-cha; maxixe, fox-trot, shimmy, ragtime, cakewalk, jazz, blues, Charleston; jig, Irish jig, shindig [U.S.]; breakdown, fling, strathspey; allemande; gavot, gavotte; mazurka, morisco; quadrille, lancers, country dance, cotillon, polonaise, Sir Roger de Coverlay, Swedish dance; ballet &c. (drama) 599; ballroom dance, ball; bal, masqué, costumé; masquerade, fancy dress ball; thé dansant; Terpsichore, choreography, Russian ballet, classical dancing; eurythmics; nautch dance, danse du ventre, cancan, bayadère {a Hindu dancing girl}; cakewalk, cornwallis [U.S.], break dance; stag-dance {a dance of men only}.

festivity, merrymaking; party &c. (social gathering) 892; blowout [U.S.], hullabaloo, hoedown, bat [U.S.], bum [U.S.], bust, clambake [U.S.], donation party [U.S.], fish fry [U.S.], jamboree, kantikoy, nautch, randy, squantum[U.S.], tear, Turnerfest, yule log; fête, festival, gala, ridotto [It.] {a public dancing party, circa eighteenth century}; revels, revelry, reveling; carnival, brawl, saturnalia, high jinks; feast, banquet &c. (food) 298; regale, symposium, wassail; carouse, carousal; jollification, junket, wake, Irish wake, picnic, fête champêtre [Fr.], garden party, gymkhana, regatta, track meet, field day, jamboree, treat.

round of pleasures, dissipation, a short life and a merry one, racketing, holiday making, high jinks.

rejoicing &c. 838; jubilee &c. (celebration) 883.

bonfire, fireworks, feu-de-joie, rocket, catherine wheel, roman candle, firecracker.

holiday; gala day, red letter day, play day; high days and holidays; high holiday, Bank holiday; May day, Derby day; Saint Monday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday; King’s birthday, Empire day; wayzgoose, bean feast, beano; Arbor Day, Declaration Day, Independence Day, Labour Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day; Mardi gras [Fr.], Mi-Carême [Fr.], Bairam; feria [Lat.], fiesta.

place of amusement, theater &c. 599; concert hall, concert room, ballroom, assembly room; music hall, cinema, movies, talkies, vaudeville; hippodrome, circus, rodeo; casino, kursaal; winter garden; park, plaisance; national park, national forest, state park, county park, city park, public park (public) 737a; arbor; garden &c. (horticulture) 371; pleasure ground, playground, cricket ground, football ground, polo ground, croquest ground, archery ground, hunting ground; golf links, race course, stadium, gridiron, bowl, speedway, racing track, ring; gymnasium, swimming pool; shooting gallery; tennis court, racket court; bowling green, bowling alley; croquet lawn, ice rink, glaciarium {the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink. Image (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, National Government of New Zealand). }, skating rink; roller coaster, roundabout, carousel, merry-go-round; swing; montagne Russe [Fr.] {roller coaster}; switchback, scenic railway &c.

game of chance, game of skill; athletic sports, gymnastics; fencing; archery, rifle-shooting; tournament, pugilism &c. (contention) 720; sporting &c. 622; horse-racing, the turf; aquatics &c. 267; skating, roller skating; ski-running, skijoring or skikjöring [Nor.] {the sport of being towed on skis by a horse or vehicle}, ski jumping, skikiting; bobsleighing, luging, tobogganing, winter sports; sliding; cricket, tennis, lawn tennis; table tennis, deck tennis, rackets, fives, squash, ping-pong, trap bat and ball, battledore and shuttlecock, badmington, la grace; pall-mall, tip-cat, croquet, golf, curling, hockey, ice hockey, basketball, soccer, football, Rugby, Association, baseball, pallone, polo; tent-pegging; tilting at the ring, quintain, quintaine [Old Fr.]; greasy pole; quoits, discus; throwing the hammer, putting the weight, putting the shot, tossing the caber; knurr and spell; leapfrog, hop skip and jump; mother may I; French and English, tug of war; blindman’s bluff, horseshoes, hunt the slipper, hide and seek, kiss in the ring; snapdragon; cross questions and crooked answers; jig-saw puzzles; rounders, base-ball, la crosse &c.; angling; swimming, diving, water polo, criss-cross, hopscotch; jacks, jackstones, marbles; mumblety-peg, mumble-the-peg, pushball, shinney, shinny, tag &c.

billiards, pool, pyramids, snooker, bagatelle; bowls, skittles, ninepins, kain, American bowls; tenpins [U.S.], tivoli.

cards, card games; whist, rubber; round game; loo, cribbage, besique, euchre, drole, écarté [Fr.], picquet, allfours, quadrille, omber, reverse, Pope Joan, commit; boston, boaston; blackjack, twenty-one, vingtun {uncountable [archaic] vingt-et-un [Fr.] }; quinze [Fr.], thirty-one, put, speculation, connections, brag, cassino, lottery, commerce, snip-snap-snorem, lift smoke, blind hookey, Polish bank, Earl of Coventry, Napoleon, patience, pairs; banker; blind poker, draw poker, straight poker, stud poker; bluff, bridge, bridge whist; lotto, monte, three-card monte, nap, penny-ante, reversis, squeezers, old maid, fright, beggar-my-neighbor; baccarat, chemin der fer, monté, roulette.

[cards: list] ace, king, queen, knave, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, trey, deuce; joker; trump, wild card.

[card suits: list] spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds; major suit, minor suit.

bower; right bower, left bower; dummy; jackpot; deck.

[hands at poker: list] pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full-house, four of a kind, royal flush; misere &c.

[board games: list] chess, draughts, checkers, checquers, backgammon, dominos, merelles [Old Fr.] {game of counters}, nine men’s morris, go bang, solitaire; game of fox and goose; monopoly; loto &c.

[word games: list], scrabble, scribbage, boggle, crossword puzzle, hangman.

morra; gambling &c. (chance) 621.

toy, plaything, bauble; doll &c. (puppet ) 554; teetotum; knick-knack &c. (trifle) 643; magic lantern &c. (show) 448; peep show, puppet show, raree show, gallanty show; toy shop; “quips and cranks and wanton wiles, nods and becks and wreathed smiles” [John Milton].

entertainer, showman, showgirl; dancer, tap dancer, song-and-dance man; vaudeville act; singer; musician &c. 416.

sportsman, gamester, reveler; master of ceremonies, master of revels; pompom girl; arbiter elegantiarum [Lat.]; arbiter bibendi [Lat.], archer, fan [U.S.], toxophilite, turfman.

VERB. amuse, entertain, divert, enliven; tickle the fancy; titillate, raise a smile, put in good humour; cause laughter, create laughter, occasion laughter, raise laughter, excite laughter, produce laughter, convulse with laughter; set the table in a roar, be the death of one.

recreate, solace, cheer, rejoice; please &c. 829; interest; treat, regale.

amuse oneself, game; play a game, play pranks, play tricks; sport, disport, toy, wanton, revel, junket, feast, carouse, banquet, make merry, drown care; drive dull care away; frolic, gambol, frisk, romp; caper; dance &c. (leap) 309; keep up the ball; run a rig, sow one’s wild oats, have one’s fling, take one’s pleasure; paint the town red; see life; desipere in loco [Lat.], play the fool.

make holiday, keep holiday; go a Maying.

while away the time, beguile the time; kill time, dally.

ADJ. amusing, entertaining, diverting &c. v.; recreational, recreative, lusory; pleasant &c. (pleasing) 829; laughable &c. (ludicrous) 853; witty &c. 842; fun, festive, festal; jovial, jolly, jocund, roguish, rompish; playful, playful as a kitten; sportive, ludibrious.

ADV. “on the light fantastic toe” {John Milton(See Phrases below)., at play, in sport.

INT. Vive la bagatelle! [Fr.] Vogue la galère! [Fr.]

PHR. Deus nobis haec otia fecit. [Lat.] {Virgil—Eclogues. I. 6. “This peaceful life (home) came from the hand of God.” }.

Dum vivimus, vivamus. [Lat.] {Inscr, Gruter“While we live, let us enjoy life.” (Enjoy life while you can). }.

pngAncient Britons did not stain themselves blue because they lived in blue forests; nor did Georgian beaux and belles powder their hair to match an Arctic landscape; the Britons were not dressing up as kingfishers nor the beaux pretending to be polar bears. Nay, even when modern ladies paint their faces a bright mauve, it is doubted by some naturalists whether they do it with the idea of escaping notice. So merry-makers (or Mummers) adopt their costume to heighten and exaggerate their own bodily presence and identity; not to sink it, primarily speaking, in another identity. It is not Acting—that comparatively low profession—comparatively I mean. It is Mummery; and, as Mr. Kensit would truly say, all elaborate religious ritual is Mummery. That is, it is the noble conception of making Man something other and more than himself when he stands at the limit of human things. It is only careful faddists and feeble German philosophers who want to wear no clothes; and be “natural” in their Dionysian revels. Natural men, really vigorous and exultant men, want to wear more and more clothes when they are revelling. They want worlds of waistcoats and forests of trousers and pagodas of tall hats toppling up to the stars.

{Gilbert Keith Chesterton—A Miscellany of Men. The Mummer}.

Misce stultitiam consiliis brevem, / Dulce est desipere in loco. [Lat.] {Horace—Carmina (Odæ). Bk. IV. 12. 27. “And be for once unwise. While time allows, / ’Tis sweet the fool to play.” (Conington). }.

FLAVIUS. If you suspect my husbandry or falsehood,
Call me before th’ exactest auditors
And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me,
When all our offices have been oppress’d
With riotous feeders, when our vaults have wept
With drunken spilth of wine, when every room
Hath blaz’d with lights and bray’d with minstrelsy
,
I have retir’d me to a wasteful cock
And set mine eyes at flow.

{Shakespeare—Timon of Athens. Act II. Sc. 2.}.


Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law,
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw:
Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight,
A little louder, but as empty quite:
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age:
Pleased with this bauble still, as that before;
Till, tired, he sleeps, and life’s poor play is o’er.

{Alexander Pope—An Essay on Man. Epistle II. (‘Of The Nature and State of Man with Respect to Himself as An Individual’). }.


pngExcited by such appliances to vice, my constitutional temperament broke forth with redoubled ardor, and I spurned even the common restraints of decency in the mad infatuation of my revels. But it were absurd to pause in the detail of my extravagance. Let it suffice, that among spendthrifts I out-Heroded Herod, and that, giving name to a multitude of novel follies, I added no brief appendix to the long catalogue of vices then usual in the most dissolute university of Europe.

{Edgar Allan Poe—William Wilson.}.

See also Sir Walter Scott on the revels of the Fairy Court in Phrases for Deception.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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