Definition of "escapism" []

  • The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment. (noun)
  • An inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy (noun)

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Use "escapism" in a sentence
  • "OK, call it escapism from the reality of what was happening in Massachusetts, if you must."
  • "The term escapism is defined as activities that are designed to remove people from the unhappiness ... ndash; conscious or unconscious ... ndash; of daily life to the point where they are trying to escape from life itself."
  • "Of course, this kind of escapism is not meant to be a replacement of real action, and many could claim that it is useless."