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[ih-skey-pol-uh-jee, es-key-]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. the method or skill of extricating oneself from handcuffs, chains, etc., as of a magician or other performer.
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Origin of escapology

First recorded in 1935–40; escape + -o- + -logy
Related formses·cap·ol·o·gist, noun
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Related Words

escapee, escapist, fugitive, runaway, Houdini, escapologist, evader

British Dictionary definitions for escapologist


  1. an entertainer who specializes in freeing himself or herself from confinementAlso called: escape artist
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Derived Formsescapology, noun
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Word Origin and History for escapologist


performer who specializes in getting out of confinement, 1926; see escape + -ology.

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