Definition of escapism in US English:

escapism

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

escapism

/əˈskeɪpˌɪzəm//əˈskāpˌizəm/