the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.

1930–35; escape + -ism

escapist, adjective, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
escapism (ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm)
an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1933, from escape + -ism.

in the figurative sense, 1930, from escape + -ist.
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
And they would rely on real-life rather than escapist scenarios.
Betting on consumption sprees is escapist, dreamworld nonsense.
Lets try to keep talking about science and verifiable data, not escapist
  fantasy of any political orientation.
The rally attracts more than its share of weekend warriors eager for a brief
  interlude of escapist revelry.
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