Origin of obsession
Examples from the Web for obsessional
Some personality styles seem more prone to instant tearing than others; the hysterical can be contrasted with the obsessional.Why Do We Cry?
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It is often found in cases of insanity of the obsessional or of some other type.Tics and Their Treatment
- psychiatry a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness
- a persistent preoccupation, idea, or feeling
- the act of obsessing or the state of being obsessed
Word Origin and History for obsessional
1510s, "action of besieging," from French obsession and directly from Latin obsessionem (nominative obsessio) "siege, blockade, a blocking up," noun of action from past participle stem of obsidere "to besiege" (see obsess). Later (c.1600), "hostile action of an evil spirit" (like possession but without the spirit actually inhabiting the body). Transferred sense of "action of anything which engrosses the mind" is from 1670s. Psychological sense is from 1901.
- Compulsive preoccupation with an idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
- A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.