- 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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Related Wordsrestraint, evasion, prevention, dodge, recession, flight, forbearance, departure, parry, delay, circumvention, recoil, retreat, escape, self-restraint, escapism, elusion, nonparticipation, shunning
Examples from the Web for escapism
If nothing else, that clarity makes sports a healthy form of escapism.Homicide or Accident in Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Scandal?
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Not only is it the finest form of escapism yet invented by humans—even including laser tag, opiates and Temptation Island!All the Ways Contestants on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Have to Be Crazy Perfect
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April 29, 2014
Maybe, somewhere in our current favorite object of escapism, there is an obscure hunger to confront these hard facts.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’
April 8, 2014
- 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 escapism
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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