- obsessive-compulsive disorder
Origin of obsessed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of obsess
Examples from the Web for obsessed
Texas is a convenient base for any Christian obsessed with Israel.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was obsessed with detail and had a slow, meandering style.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I suppose if you get obsessed with the notion of being a writer more than the writing itself, that would be bad.
Raphael Lemkin was, by all accounts, obsessed with genocide long before he invented a name for it.
She was obsessed with the flower-printed, scented toilet paper.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And to Kneedrock's obsessed vision this became more than a suggestion, more than a similarity.The Tigress|Anne Warner
He is obsessed, I know beyond any doubt, with the idea of vengeance on the second mate.The Mutiny of the Elsinore|Jack London
Obsessed by the vision of his victims, he described their agonies drawn out or hastened, their cries, the rattle in their throats.L-bas|J. K. Huysmans
Oh, well, put in Miss Campbell, she is just an angry old spinster who got obsessed with dates and then had a rude awakening.The Motor Maids Across the Continent|Katherine Stokes
In both movements the leading figures were men who were obsessed with the idea of building a new world.A Grammar of Freethought|Chapman Cohen
Word Origin for obsess
mid-15c., "tormented, obsessed," past participle adjective from obsess. Originally especially "possessed" by a devil, etc.
c.1500, "to besiege," from Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidere "watch closely; besiege, occupy; stay, remain, abide" literally "sit opposite to," from ob "against" (see ob-) + sedere "sit" (see sedentary). Of evil spirits, "to haunt," from 1530s. Psychological sense is 20c. Related: Obsessed; obsessing.