escapism

noun
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 \ -​pist How to pronounce escapist (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of escapism in a Sentence

Reading romantic novels is for her a form of escapism.

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We're introduced to several high school characters, including Rue (Zendaya), who are seemingly using drugs as a form of escapism. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "HBO’s Euphoria Is Unlike Any Teen Show You’ve Ever Seen," 14 June 2019 Well, what better way to process times of chaos and instability than through extreme fashion that serves as a fun form of escapism? Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Met’s “Camp” Costume Exhibit Is All About the Art of Being Extra," 6 May 2019 And in a modern-day shot of escapism similar to the iconic bicycle-in-the-sky scene in E.T., the car once driving the singer floats in the night sky. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Kesha Stands With DREAMers in New Video for 'Hymn': Watch," 31 May 2018 In 1972's Cabaret, Liza Minnelli portrayed Sally Bowles, a figure whose beauty uniform was a poignant symbol of camp escapism. Vogue, "Camp Beauty: Dara, Paloma Elsesser, and More Go Maximalist for the Annual Pre-Met Party," 6 May 2019 Some will get you in the holiday spirit, while others provide the perfect mental escapism from, well, time with your family. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week Just in Time for Christmas," 23 Dec. 2018 One reason presidents are drawn to the genre is surely its escapism — its promise to replace impossible decisions with comforting formulas. Craig Fehrman, New York Times, "The Mystery Buffs in the White House," 23 May 2018 Next Season encourages listeners to lose sense of the immediate reality and, instead, curl up in the producer's hour-long story which is furnished with vulnerability, nostalgia and escapism. David Rishty, Billboard, "Felix Cartal Breaks Down His 18-Track Album 'Next Season': Exclusive," 4 May 2018 With the collective cultural longing for escapism more palpable than ever, the runways delivered. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Top 9 Beauty Trends From the Spring 2019 Runways," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of escapism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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escapism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of escapism

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

escapism

noun
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 escapist (audio) \ adjective or noun

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