Obsession definition

əb-sĕshən, ŏb-
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Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
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The act of an evil spirit in possessing or ruling a person.
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A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.
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The definition of an obsession is a focus on one thing with little interest in anything else.

An example of an obsession is a child wanting to talk only of trains.

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A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.
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Obsession is defined as the act of letting a thought or action rule your thoughts or actions.

An example of an obsession is when a stalker continues to follow a person.

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Such a persistent idea, desire, emotion, etc., esp. one that cannot be gotten rid of by reasoning.
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Influence or control by evil spirits without possession.
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(psychiatry) A pattern of unwanted or intrusive thoughts or urges that recur persistently, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
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The fact or state of being obsessed with an idea, desire, emotion, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
obsession
Plural:
obsessions

Origin of obsession

  • From Latin obsessio (“a besieging"), from obsidere (“to besiege"); see obsess.

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