Etymology
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escapism (n.)

1933, American English, from escape (n.) in the mental/emotional sense + -ism.

updated on September 10, 2014

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Definitions of escapism from WordNet

escapism (n.)
an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy;
his alcohol problem was a form of escapism
Synonyms: escape
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.