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.

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

/əˈskāpˌizəm//əˈskeɪpˌɪzəm/