escapism

[ih-skey-piz-uhm]
noun
the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.

Origin:
1930–35; escape + -ism

escapist, adjective, noun
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escapism (ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm)
 
n
an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy
 
es'capist
 
n, —adj

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escapism
1933, from escape + -ism.
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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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Pragmatism and escapism are not mutually exclusive.
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