escapism

[ ih-skey-piz-uh m ]
/ ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm /

noun

the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.

QUIZZES

Can You Ace This Quiz About “Compliment” vs. “Complement”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.

Origin of escapism

First recorded in 1930–35; escape + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM escapism

es·cap·ist, adjective, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for escapism

British Dictionary definitions for escapism

escapism
/ (ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm) /

noun

an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy

Derived forms of escapism

escapist, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for escapism

escapism
[ ĭ-skāpĭz′əm ]

n.

The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.