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[ih-skey-piz-uh m]
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  1. the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.
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Origin of escapism

First recorded in 1930–35; escape + -ism
Related formses·cap·ist, adjective, noun
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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


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


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

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escapism in Medicine


  1. The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.
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