What does escapism mean?

Definitions for escapism
ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əmes·capism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. escape, escapismnoun

    an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy

    "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"; "his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"


  1. escapismnoun

    An inclination to escape from routine or reality into fantasy

  2. escapismnoun

    A genre of book, film etc. that one uses to indulge this tendency


  1. Escapism

    Escapism is mental diversion from unpleasant or boring aspects of daily life, typically through activities involving imagination or entertainment. Escapism also may be used to occupy one's self away from persistent feelings of depression or general sadness.


  1. escapism

    Escapism is a psychological or behavioral tendency characterized by the desire to escape from reality, routine, or unwanted situations, often by engaging in imaginative activities, entertainment, fantasy, or other forms of diversion. This can include immersive activities such as reading books, watching movies, playing video games, or even daydreaming. It might also involve habits or behaviors that may be harmful such as drug use or excessive gambling, often used as a coping mechanism to evade stress, responsibilities, or unpleasant aspects of life.


  1. Escapism

    Escapism is mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an "escape" from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of daily life. It can also be used as a term to define the actions people take to help relieve persisting feelings of depression or general sadness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of escapism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of escapism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of escapism in a Sentence

  1. Sam Bompas:

    I'm kind of bored of every bar and restaurant opening in London that's down south American cooking, or Korean food, and it's staffed by waiters or chefs who've been on holiday somewhere and been inspired by it, and it having no real relationship to the local area or local history, or local meaning, so with' Alcoholic Architecture,' Alcoholic Architecture's about escapism and fun -- but at the same time Alcoholic Architecture's totally based on the local history.

  2. Jack Hamilton:

    I think people who are living where places are opening up more are still probably experiencing considerable amounts of anxiety ; no one really knows what to expect, and probably people still have loved ones and family members in parts of the country where things are still pretty dire, so I think even if things are opening up more, people are going to be inclined to seek out some escapism.

  3. Patrick Quelch:

    Today is just a lovely thing to be able to do just given the current state of everything, you obviously think about the whole COVID thing and how it's affecting people ... But when you're out here, it's an escapism, isn't it? It's time to not think about other things. It's time to just enjoy yourself if you can - you know, sort of stolen moments.

  4. Ben Lewis:

    These stories offer comfort and escapism, it's something queer audiences haven't had a lot of. There has got to be room for fluff, for lack of a better term, and seeing queer representation in all genres, even where it hasn't been seen before.

  5. Lena Dunham:

    Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what's the problem? if they want to see what I really look like go watch the show that I make every single week.

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