divertisement

Related to divertisement: divertissement

divertisement

(dɪˈvɜːtɪzmənt)
n
archaic diversion; entertainment
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The Beloved Stranger: Two Books of Song and a Divertisement for the Unknown Lover.
For example, the 'Terpsichorean Divertisement' titled the 'Grand Burlesque Concert a la Jullien' on New York and San Francisco playbills of 1853 and 1854 consistently featured the 'American Quadrille' and comprised 'a general "POT PIE" of indescribable Musical Combination--from a Penny Whistle to a considerable sized Tin Horn, Sledge Hammer, Chinese Bells, &c.
of the very things themselves." (79) He also warned that: The use of such a collection is not for divertisement and wonder, and gazing ...
The biggest cheer went to the six Mandolin dancers in their silly red and blue raggle-taggle costumes who performed a divertisement of breakdancing, choreographed especially for them by BRB's assistant director Desmond Kelly.
On at least one occasion a county feast was marked by something more light-hearted than a sermon; in June 1678 the Huntingdonshire feast had a 'divertisement or an enterlude for the general entertainment at the county feast' by one 'W.M.', not identified.(5) The advertisement for the Yorkshire feast in 1680 promised 'a very splendid entertainment in all sorts of vocal and instrumental music'.
Pepys comments on the popularity of Davenant's added entertainments; he writes that Macbeth is "a most excellent play in all respects, but especially in divertisement, though it be a deep tragedy," later describing it as "a most excellent play for variety." (54) As Curtis A.
How else can one explain the mass psychosis that gripped the nation this week as Celebrity Big Brother, a programme hitherto confined to providing cheap-as-chips divertisement for undiscriminating couch potatoes, was suddenly propelled to the top of the domestic political agenda and manufactured into a cause cAlAbre on the sub-Continent?
Barnum's American Museum features Tom Thumb, "The Prince of all Dwarfs." At Vauxhall Garden Saloon, you can witness "Chinese Divertisements, with golden balls, rings, plates, spears, &c," singing European and "Negro" songs alike, and the "Corpuscular Feats" of Mr.
But it's decidedly dubious winter compensation when you're on your own, desperately seeking divertisements between giving the bathroom a good going-over and heading off to Tesco in search of two-for-the-price-of-one ready-meals.
Indeed, Crowne's own description of the work as `an Entertainment so much honoured and adorned, followed at innumerable Rehearsals and all the Representations by throngs of Persons of the greatest Quality, and designed for the Pleasures and Divertisements of Their Majesties, and Royal Highnesses, and accordingly very often Graced with Their Presences'(2) hardly begins to detail the sumptuous and extravagant production to which the court and many members of the public were treated in the early months of 1675.