Amusement, from the old French à muser – to put into a stupid stare, 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.

enjoyment, delight, diversion, pleasure, laughter, hilarity, hobby, recreation, merriment, ball, picnic, entertainment, play, action, cheer, gratification, fun, mirth, pleasing, hoopla.

Amusement Sentence Examples

  • Damian heard the amusement in his voice.
  • At the amusement in his voice, she flushed.
  • My favourite amusement is sailing.
  • A flicker of amusement crossed her face.
  • Amusement twinkled in his eyes and played with the corners of his mouth.

1a : to entertain or occupy in a light, playful, or pleasant manner She tried to amuse the child with a story. b : to appeal to the sense of humor of His jokes don't amuse me. 2a archaic : to divert the attention of so as to deceive. b obsolete : to occupy the attention of : absorb. c obsolete : distract, bewilder.

Top 10 Amusement Parks

  • ocean bay, amusement park, several tall rides, cedar point, ohio. Vista shot of Cedar Point Park in Sandusky, Ohio. ...
  • Knoebels. ...
  • Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. ...
  • Schlitterbahn Water Park. ...
  • Universal's Island of Adventure. ...
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  • Wisconsin Dells. ...
  • Hersheypark.

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