What does obsession mean?

Definitions for obsession
əbˈsɛʃ ənob·ses·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compulsion, obsession(noun)

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

    "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"

  2. obsession, fixation(noun)

    an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone

GCIDE

  1. Obsession(n.)

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

    Etymology: [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]

  2. Obsession(n.)

    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

    Etymology: [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]

  3. Obsession(n.)

    Something that causes an obsession.

    Etymology: [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]

  4. Obsession(n.)

    The state of being obsessed.

    Etymology: [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]

Wiktionary

  1. obsession(Noun)

    A compulsive or irrational preoccupation.

    Etymology: From obsessio, from obsidere; see obsess.

  2. obsession(Noun)

    An unhealthy fixation.

    Etymology: From obsessio, from obsidere; see obsess.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obsession(noun)

    the act of besieging

    Etymology: [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]

  2. Obsession(noun)

    the state of being besieged; -- used specifically of a person beset by a spirit from without

    Etymology: [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.]

Freebase

  1. Obsession

    "Obsession" is a 1983 song covered in 1984 by the synthpop/New Wave group Animotion. The song hit number six in the United States, and number five in the United Kingdom in early 1985, helped by a distinctive video that received heavy rotation on MTV.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obsession

    ob-sesh′un, n. persistent attack, esp. of an evil spirit upon a person: the state of being so molested from without—opp. to Possession, or control by an evil spirit from within. [L. obsession-emobsidēre, to besiege.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. obsession

    The act of besieging.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obsession in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obsession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of obsession in a Sentence

  1. Emily Odesser:

    It never got to the point where I made any attempts or serious plans but I remember it was kind of this morbid obsession, when I was walking to school and I would see a car drive by me I would be like ‘Oh if I just go in front of that I can end this’, [or] I would see a knife in the kitchen and be like ‘If I just use this I could end it.’.

  2. Michael Moritz:

    Obsessives, those who can not imagine doing anything else with their lives, always find their work more fulfilling than those who find themselves in a profession because it was expected of them or because they did not have a calling that tugged at their emotions, for people like Sir Alex Ferguson, who are obsessed by a pursuit, there is no separation between life and work … It is much easier to endure all the setbacks, reversals and frustrations of management when you deeply enjoy your work. Related : Seth Godin on the Practical Way to Pursue Your Passion( It Does Exist) Obsession is key to overcoming the inevitable setbacks and frustration that come with entrepreneurship. Passion is necessary, but it’s not enough. For example, I once interviewed Chris Gardner, Chris Gardner who Will Smith played in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. Chris Gardner was homeless, living with Chris Gardner young son in the bathroom of a train station while pursuing a career as a stock broker. Chris Gardner passed the exam to become a broker, launched Chris Gardner career and became a multi-millionaire. When I asked Chris Gardner for the secret to success, Chris Gardner said.

  3. Bitch Flicks:

    Ideologically, 'Pretty Woman' is a love song to consumerism and capitalism, 'Pretty Woman' depicts a world where everyone is either a card-carrying member of the corporate caste or an obliging subordinate ... It is obsessed with things (hotel suites, private jets, fancy clothes) and encourages the audience to share its obsession with things.

  4. Jeanne Shaheen:

    This administration's obsession with attacking women's reproductive health is egregious and dangerous.

  5. Henry Kissinger:

    Nixon had three goals to win by the biggest electoral landslide in history to be remembered as a peacemaker and to be accepted by the 'Establishment' as an equal. He achieved all these objectives at the end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973. And he lost them all two months later-partly because he turned a dream into an obsession.

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