What does obsession mean?

Definitions for obsession
əbˈsɛʃ ənob·ses·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compulsion, obsessionnoun

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

    "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"

  2. obsession, fixationnoun

    an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone


  1. Obsessionnoun

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

  2. Obsessionnoun

    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

  3. Obsessionnoun

    Something that causes an obsession.

  4. Obsessionnoun

    The state of being obsessed.


  1. obsessionnoun

    A compulsive or irrational preoccupation.

  2. obsessionnoun

    An unhealthy fixation.

  3. Etymology: From obsessio, from obsidere; see obsess.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Obsessionnoun

    Etymology: obsessio, Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obsessionnoun

    the act of besieging

  2. Obsessionnoun

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

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


  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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  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. The Adelaide University-educated Hempton:

    You can goad him and he makes his positions bigger, that is even better to trade against. It's not a personal obsession - it's a way of making money.

  2. Mishela Topalli:

    They hooked up in the past, but to her, it was pretty platonic and she didn’t want to have anything seriously, that was actually a while ago, but he never got over his obsession of her.

  3. Alex Broun:

    We have this obsession in Dubai with bringing in things from outside, economically and artistically it doesn't make sense.

  4. Rene Campbell:

    There's a very close relationship between passion, dedication and obsession, you look at any athlete that has achieved great things, there has to be a certain level of obsession.

  5. Eric Swalwell:

    In that (Holmes) statement that was released there was a lot to be concerned about, particularly that more witnesses described the president's obsession with investigating his political opponents.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. transpire
    • B. elate
    • C. abase
    • D. affront

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