es·​cap·​ism | \ i-ˈskā-ˌpi-zəm How to pronounce escapism (audio) \

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 \ i-​ˈskā-​pist How to pronounce escapism (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of escapism in a Sentence

Reading romantic novels is for her a form of escapism.
Recent Examples on the Web These games are the perfect foil to multiplayer madness, offering a table of absorbing escapism for one. Simon Hill, Wired, 25 Sep. 2021 At a time when many are feeling isolated and seeking escapism, both the feeling of an outdoor workout and the sense of camaraderie and support among members has helped Hydrow grow six times as large from 2019 to 2020. Lela London, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Leonard attributed that increase to people seeking escapism while spending more time at home and book clubs purchasing more titles about race. Ryan Patterson, Star Tribune, 15 Feb. 2021 For a game so inspired by the real world, the miracle of Civilization is total escapism: Nuking a city or burning so much coal that the sea level rises brings consequences for your populace, but not really for your own psyche. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2021 The channels are for TV fans who look for escapism, not prestige television that test artistic boundaries. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 But that same reliance on constant screen time has also given way to fun, creative and quirky behaviors online, which are testaments both to our need to feel connected with others and our urgent desire for escapism in a turbulent time. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, 12 Mar. 2021 Hollywood’s extreme political correctness shouldn’t be ignored by regarding Shang-Chi as innocuous escapism or diversion. Armond White, National Review, 8 Sep. 2021 For them, the sessions are more than just escapism. Andrew Esensten,, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of escapism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Escapism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce escapism (audio) \

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 How to pronounce escapism (audio) \ adjective or noun

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