- the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.
Origin of escapism
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Examples from the Web for escapist
Thus his love of escapist, desperately lighthearted writers like Laurence Sterne and Miguel de Cervantes.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov
April 10, 2013
Perabo says it's because female viewers want an escapist fantasy when they're working hard balancing families and careers.Action Heroes in Heels
August 23, 2010
Shannon Donnelly on the genre's surprising comeback and why viewers are flocking to escapist fare.Return of the Creature Feature!
August 19, 2010
It's escapist French cuisine—French with international influences—and very popular in the neighborhood.Fresh Picks
January 12, 2010
Not every escapist action flick has such moments of political resonance.The First Summer Blockbuster?
May 21, 2009
- an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy
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Word Origin and History for escapist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.
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