- controlled by an emotion or as if by an evil spirit; crazed; mad
See possessed in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Owning or mastering something. Used with of: one who is possessed of great wealth.
- Controlled by or as if by a spirit or other force; obsessed: a teenager by love possessed.
- Calm; collected: one who remained possessed in times of great trial.
When the adjective possessed
means “owning a thing, exhibiting an attribute,” it is followed by the preposition of: possessed of property; possessed of a sharp tongue.
means “obsessed,” by
follows: possessed by
) an urge to kill.
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