escapism NOUN the seeking of distraction from reality by engaging in entertainment or fantasy.
DERIVATIVES escapist noun & adjective.

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  • escapism — [[t]ɪske͟ɪpɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT If you describe an activity or type of entertainment as escapism, you mean that it makes people think about pleasant things instead of the uninteresting or unpleasant aspects of their life. Horoscopes are merely… …   English dictionary

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  • escapism — es|cap|ism [ ı skeı,pızəm ] noun uncount something pleasant or exciting that helps you to forget about real life and the boring or unpleasant parts of it: the pure escapism of James Bond movies ╾ es|cap|ist adjective: an escapist fantasy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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