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Meaning of obsession by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    obsession ( countable and uncountable; plural: obsessions )

    1. A compulsive or irrational preoccupation .
    2. An unhealthy fixation .

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    • obsession in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • obsession in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of obsession by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone

    2. an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will

    Definition of obsession by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Obsession n. [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]
      1. The act of besieging. [archaic] Johnson.

      2. The state of being besieged; -- used specifically of a person beset by a spirit from without. [archaic] Tylor.

      Whether by obsession or possession, I will not determine. Burton.

      3. An excessive preoccupation of the thoughts or feelings; the persistent haunting or domination of the mind by a particular desire, idea, or image.

      4. Hence: Any driving motive; a compelling goal; -- not necessarily implying a negative judgment, as does sense 3; as, “the coach was obsessed with winning the state championship”

      5. Something that causes an obsession3.

      6. The state of being obsessed.