es·​cap·​ism | \i-ˈskā-ˌpi-zəm \

Definition of escapism 

: habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine

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Other Words from escapism

escapist \ -​pist \ adjective or noun

Examples of escapism in a Sentence

Reading romantic novels is for her a form of escapism.

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Their forthcoming album, remaining untitled as of now, will seek to focus on escapism, giving fans a reason to let loose instead of contemplating political happenings and stirring up discussions. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Takeover Tuesday: Bastille's Dan Smith Shares the Artists & Songs Inspiring the Band's Next Album," 26 June 2018 And this fantasy is at the heart of the power of YA fiction: escapism. Constance Grady, Vox, "They say a preposition is something you should never end a sentence with. That’s nonsense.," 23 June 2018 Love Island's contradictory appeals are its escapism and its collectivity. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 The movie’s romantic escapism gets just enough lift from a smart, vulnerable Diane Lane as Pearl, Viggo Mortensen’s uncomplicated seductiveness as Walker and the sincerity of Liev Schreiber as Pearl’s clueless TV repairman husband, Marty., "World premiere musical ‘Walk on the Moon’ in S.F. mostly captures spirit of 1969," 16 June 2018 The network’s whole reason for existence is escapism a la shiplap. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "We need a new kind of HGTV," 30 May 2018 In turbulent times of the past, popular culture has often looked to give us ways out — escapism. ... Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "David Wiegand: A look at the work of an influential Chronicle arts critic," 1 May 2018 The challenge now is to find ways to resist royalist escapism and instead to recommit to the radical majesty of the egalitarian project, re-enchanting the everyday. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Certainly escapism and great times could be found daily through practically every style of music known to man. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2018 recap: The best and worst moments from the world's largest music festival," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of escapism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of escapism

: an activity or form of entertainment that allows people to forget about the real problems of life


es·​cap·​ism | \is-ˈkā-ˌpiz-əm \

Medical Definition of escapism 

: habitual diversion of the mind to purely imaginative activity or entertainment as an escape from reality or routine

Other Words from escapism

escapist \ -​pəst \ adjective or noun

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