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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
First recorded in 1930-35; escape + -ism
Related forms
escapist, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • They are escapism embodied, a dreamland, a scape of fantasy, the vale of telenovellas.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • If "escapism" be a need of man, cramped in his narrow personality, can any escape compare with the majesty of omnipresence?

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
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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