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escapism

[ ih-skey-piz-uhm ]
/ ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm /
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noun
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

OTHER WORDS FROM escapism

es·cap·ist, adjective, noun
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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
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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.
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