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.
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe that's why I'm always plugged into podcasts—and not necessarily for mindless escapism. Mara Katz, Ars Technica, "The five best new podcasts to help nerds escape the news cycle," 23 Dec. 2019 Monday's Golden Globe nominations saw historical dramas and tales of personal journeys dominate the top drama and comedy/musical categories, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voting body opted for escapism over contemporary reality. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Golden Globes: Political Films Pushed Aside for Personal Tales and Period Pieces," 9 Dec. 2019 But these days, people are seeking escapism, and so GagaOOLala is developing a slew of lighthearted romantic comedies, its most popular genre so far. NBC News, "Taiwan opens doors wider to LGBTQ content," 13 Dec. 2019 The law, after all, requires sobriety and clarity to work, and that’s a hard sell in an ecosystem where escapism and mirrored reality are the currency. Lorraine Ali, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: Impeachment isn’t ‘Law & Order.’ It’s time to stop viewing it that way," 6 Dec. 2019 Katy Perry was the ultimate escapism and its hands down one of the greatest records of all time. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Fletcher's 'Hard in My Feels' #TBT Mixtape," 5 Dec. 2019 This jolly ice-breaker is also a calculated dose of escapism. The Economist, "Britain’s potential prime ministers both face accusations of prejudice," 30 Nov. 2019 Escapism, sweet escapism, may just be what the world needs now. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "The ‘Downton Abbey’ cast wants to take you back to a more innocent time — 2012," 19 Sep. 2019 The response to the rest of the news is often an impulse to escapism, a turning away. Philip Kennicott, chicagotribune.com, "Obituaries are the only redemptive news anymore," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of escapism

1933, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Escapism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escapist. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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escapism

noun
How to pronounce escapism (audio)

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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