Is there a single word which describes someone who is trying to hide from the truth? For example, when my acquaintance's father died, she went on living and believing that her father was still alive and was on an overseas trip. What is the term for this condition?
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In that context it's called denial.
I think Bogdan's suggestion of escapism fits the bill
so that person would be an escapist
Aside from the excellent suggestion of denial, other workable terms:
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