Entertaiment (em-ten-tay) – a suffix used with verb stems to form nouns of enjoyment, wonder, betterment, and merriment. It replaced -mentum in most languages, and it is the common suffix for most forms of entertainment.

The purpose of entertainment is to provide enjoyment, relieve boredom and/or stress, and stimulate the senses. This is accomplished through a variety of ways, including relaxation, escapism, and catharsis. Relaxation is a necessary biological function to maintain balanced function, and escapism is a normal human reaction to the burdens of daily life.

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From Middle English entretenement (“support, maintenance”), from Old French entretenir (“hold together, stick together, support”), from entre- “among” (from Latin inter) + tenir (from Latin tenere, from PIE root *ten-“to stretch”)

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