Entertainment provides a calming and enjoyable distraction for many people. It stimulates the brain to realease seratonin and other chemicals that give a person a positive feeling. This is especially true when the theme of a show or movie hits on something that the human mind was evolved to deeply react to, such as social backstabbing and murders.
The word entertain comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, which means “to hold inside.” Its Indo-European root is ten, meaning to stretch. This is a fitting definition, since entertainment often takes familiar themes and images from one medium or another and “stretches” them into new forms.
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Entertaining is an agreeable occupation for the mind; a diversion or amusement: playing a game or solving a crossword puzzle is entertaining. It may also refer to a performance of some kind: the ball was an elaborate entertainment.