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escapism

[ih-skey-piz-uh m]
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noun
  1. 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 formses·cap·ist, adjective, noun
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escapism

noun
  1. an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy
Derived Formsescapist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for escapist

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

escapism

n.

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

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escapist in Medicine

escapism

(ĭ-skāpĭz′əm)
n.
  1. The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.
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