from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Indulging in or characterized by escapism.

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  • adj. Intended for or tending toward escape; especially, used to avoid, deny, or forget about reality, as through fantasy.
  • n. Someone who wants to escape; especially from reality

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who escapes into a world of fantasy


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