From ancient times to the present day, humans have sought entertainment in many forms. Often, what we now consider entertainment is a form of recreation or edification; for example, the pleasures of reading have evolved into literary and other art forms; fencing and archery, once associated with hunting and war, have become spectator sports and even global competitions. But entertainment has also served more serious purposes: as ceremony, ritual, celebration, religious festival, satire, or political activism. Click a collocation to see more examples.
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