escapology

[ ih-skey-pol-uh-jee, es-key- ]
/ ɪ skeɪˈpɒl ə dʒi, ˌɛs keɪ- /

noun Chiefly British.

the method or skill of extricating oneself from handcuffs, chains, etc., as of a magician or other performer.

Nearby words

  1. escapement error,
  2. escapeway,
  3. escapism,
  4. escapist,
  5. escapologist,
  6. escargot,
  7. escarole,
  8. escarp,
  9. escarpment,
  10. escaut

Origin of escapology

First recorded in 1935–40; escape + -o- + -logy

Related formses·cap·ol·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for escapologist

escapologist

/ (ˌɛskəˈpɒlədʒɪst) /

noun

an entertainer who specializes in freeing himself or herself from confinementAlso called: escape artist
Derived Formsescapology, noun

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Word Origin and History for escapologist

escapologist

n.

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

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