Entertaiment has become strongly related to leisure, even though many entertainments have an extreme purpose inside them. This can be the case inside various types of rite, party, non secular pageant or satire for example.
Alot of entertainment hit on points that the brain was evolved to deeply react to. Things like social backstabbing, murders and other themes that the human mind was shaped to understand. This causes the brain to realease seratonin and dopamine.
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From the Medieval Latin intertenere, from the Indo-European root ten to hold.