Definition of escapism in English:



  • [mass noun] The tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

    ‘virtual reality offers a form of escapism’
    • ‘Stories have a variety of functions in our culture, from pure escapism to vehicles for personal growth or social reform.’
    • ‘There was some fantasy, some escapism and a lot of joy in performing for my parents and my friends in school plays.’
    • ‘For an industry that relies on escapism, necessary caution has already brought an irrevocable change.’
    • ‘This is definitely a novel I would recommend if you are looking for a few hours of entertaining escapism.’
    • ‘There certainly seems to be a streak of fantasy or perhaps escapism involved.’
    • ‘His films do not pander to escapism or to the audiences settled expectations about entertainment.’
    • ‘It was sheer fantasy, sheer escapism.’
    • ‘Thus it suggests a volatile mix of resentment, escapism and childlike fantasy.’
    • ‘Imagination is not simply a daydream or idle escapism, but rather an empowering force.’
    • ‘The four of you have based your performances on the laudable premise of entertainment & escapism.’
    • ‘Some people just go to movies for escapism and they want the illusion it's some reality unfolding in front of their eyes.’
    • ‘It has an element of fantasy and escapism, which has led viewers to say it depicts some kind of extreme.’
    • ‘The series was pure escapism and unashamedly exploited a fantasy.’
    • ‘While commonplace wisdom spurns escapism, practical experience sometimes calls for it.’
    • ‘Understandably, cinema is a popular form of escapism in this troubled country for those who can afford it.’
    • ‘On one level his writing is pure escapism - adventure stories laced with magic, witchcraft and fantasy.’
    • ‘It is also clear that, although they may claim to offer escapism, most computer games reflect the capitalist society they are produced in.’
    • ‘Reluctant to accept responsibility, you have tendencies toward escapism.’
    • ‘Entertainment provides escapism, even happiness for a lot of people.’
    • ‘When I go to a big summer blockbuster, I expect pure escapism.’
    fantasy, fantasizing, dreaming, daydreaming, daydreams, reverie, romance, fancy, imagination, pipe dreams, castles in the air, castles in spain, wishful thinking, wool-gathering
    pie in the sky
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