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escapism

[ih-skey-piz-uh m] /ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm/
noun
1.
the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; escape + -ism
Related forms
escapist, adjective, noun
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Examples from the web for escapism
  • Pragmatism and escapism are not mutually exclusive.
  • Fear control is not solution-oriented and can be represented by denial, rationalization, and escapism.
  • What about the fantasy aspect--escapism of rap music.
  • Books about escapism and gaming too often swerve into cautionary tale territory.
  • If you want safe escapism then knowing the ending is perfectly valid because you know you will get the ending you want.
  • His films are hardly realistic, but they aren't exercises in pure escapism either.
  • To say more would give away too many delightful surprises about this hour of well-crafted escapism.
  • It comes as no surprise that moviegoers these days are desperate for escapism.
British Dictionary definitions for escapism

escapism

/ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm/
noun
1.
an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy
Derived Forms
escapist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for escapism
n.

1933, American English, from escape (v.) + -ism.

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escapism in Medicine

escapism es·cap·ism (ĭ-skā'pĭz'əm)
n.
The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.

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