Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Diversion; amusement; recreation.
- n. A short ballet or other entertainment given between acts or longer pieces.
- n. Same as divertimento: in this sense usually in the French form divertissement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Diversion; amusement; recreation.
“Dod, I'm thinking it would be a kind of divertisement to gang and see what he'll be after!”
““You mistake the matter entirely, my dear Mrs. Blower,” said the Doctor; “there is nothing serious intended — a mere placebo — just a divertisement to cheer the spirits, and assist the effect of the waters — cheerfulness is a great promoter of health.””
“We will then take the water for our divertisement, and you, my lords, will attend us. —”
“When there is no recreation or business for thee abroad, thou may'st have a company of honest old fellows in their leathern jackets in thy study which will find thee excellent divertisement at home.”
“The divertisement ended with a dance of Bacchus and Bacchantes.”
“Bacchus of the divertisement is not kept entirely in the background.”
“In spite, however, of the great temptation of overlooking a favourite divertisement, with variations so truly original, home we went, hardly pausing to observe the housing of Master Keep's wheat harvest.”
“He began also the Translation of _Heliodorus_ his _Æthiopick_ History, in the same kind of Verse, of which, to give the Reader the better divertisement, we shall present you with a tast.”
“One of the worst products of French colonial life was the class known as the "coureurs de bois," a lawless gang, half trader, half explorer, bent on divertisement, and not discouraged by misery or peril.”
“The little maidens seemed to pour their hearts out in the enchanting divertisement, and the whole apartment, with its dazzling lights and flowers, was full of laughter, mirth, and holiday from end to end.”
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