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


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 forms

es·cap·ist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for escapism


/ (ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm) /


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

Derived Forms

escapist, noun, adjective
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Medicine definitions for escapism


[ ĭ-skāpĭz′əm ]


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