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[ih-skey-piz-uh m] /ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm/
the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.
Origin of escapism
1930-35; escape + -ism
Related forms
escapist, adjective, noun Unabridged
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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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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escapism in Medicine

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

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