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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 escapist
  • 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.
  • In addition, some research suggests that escapist drinking may be an indicator of problem drinking among older individuals.
  • Printed on cheap pulp paper, these magazines featured escapist fiction for general audiences.
British Dictionary definitions for escapist


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 escapist

in the figurative sense, 1930 (adj.); 1933 (n.), from escape + -ist.



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

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escapist 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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