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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Most notably, the recent and not-so-recent past was revisited again and again, not to exploit simple nostalgia but to illuminate present-day realities that hovered over nearly every movie - whether fiction or nonfiction, polemic or pure escapism. cleveland.com, "At the Toronto International Film Festival, movies grapple with a confounding present by revisiting the past," 13 Sep. 2019 This combination of futurism and intimacy offered an experience quite different from the escapism of the movies. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 What this emporium of impure temptations is really selling is pure escapism. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Offers a Party, and a Playlist, for the Ages," 25 July 2019 And sure, this moody German sci-fi drama includes period-perfect scenes from the 1980s, and gangs of teenagers trying to solve the case of a missing kid—but Dark is genre escapism of an entirely different order. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Dark Is Stranger Things for Grown-Ups," 5 July 2019 For a lot of performance venues, summer is a time of nostalgia, escapism and mindless entertainment, the theater equivalent of a relaxing day at the beach. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Here are the new plays being born this summer at the O’Neill Theater Center," 27 June 2019 For Saad, thinking about and planning her family’s favourite dishes is a form of escapism. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019 Instead, this is escapism at its finest, focused on two people who have had an abrupt change in plans and must forge a path forward. Julie Depenbrock, Washington Post, "In ‘Evvie Drake Starts Over,’ a widow and a professional baseball player deliver summer romance," 26 June 2019 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

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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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