1. Deep thought; muse. "Here I . . . Fell into a strong and deep amusement, revolving in my mind, with great perplexity, the amazing change of our affairs." (Fleetwood)

2. The state of being amused; pleasurable excitement; that which amuses; diversion. "His favorite amusements were architecture and gardening." (Macaulay)

Synonyms: Diversion, entertainment, recreation, relaxation, pastime, sport.

Origin: Cf. F. Amusement.

(01 Mar 1998)

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