possessed by this high-minded motive, undone by his conscience, he tosses away his own life instead.
Sutherland said he possessed one, but was waiting for confirmation that it was available for sale.
The triumphant Jews possessed only a one-day supply of consecrated oil.
Because the devil always has the best dialogue, and he is possessed by the devil right now.
They possessed “wisdom beyond their years,” observed The Advocate.
These qualities are possessed by olive-oil soaps, either soft or hard.
It also possessed the accomplishment of being able to stand on its head.
He has a long beard, and, is possessed of wisdom and eloquence.
Mr Bates relates that a friend of his possessed one of these little creatures.
She had possessed his lips, she had possessed his thought and solicitude.
late 14c., "to hold, occupy, reside in" (without regard to ownership), a back formation from possession and in part from Old French possesser "to have and hold, take, be in possession of" (mid-13c.), from Latin possess-, past participle stem of possidere "to have and hold, possess, be master of, own," from posse "to be able," from potis "able, powerful" (see potent) + esse "to be" (see be). Meaning "to hold as property" is recorded from c.1500. Demonic sense is recorded from 1530s (implied in possessed). Related: Possessed; possessing.