Origin of obsessed
- to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally: Suspicion obsessed him.
- to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something.
Origin of obsess
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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
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He was obsessed with detail and had a slow, meandering style.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I suppose if you get obsessed with the notion of being a writer more than the writing itself, that would be bad.The Veteran Who Took Home the National Book Award
November 25, 2014
Raphael Lemkin was, by all accounts, obsessed with genocide long before he invented a name for it.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
She was obsessed with the flower-printed, scented toilet paper.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
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Lessing is obsessed with too high an estimate of the Captivi.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
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The thought of a future with Joe always around a corner, watching her, obsessed her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was obsessed by the idea of the dignity, almost the divinity—of kingship.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
The thing so obsessed his mind that he must speak of it, if it be only to his lackey.St. Martin's Summer
Quivering with the passion that obsessed him, he stepped close up to her.Love-at-Arms
- (tr; when passive, foll by with or by) to preoccupy completely; haunt
- (intr; usually foll by on or over) to worry neurotically or obsessively; brood
Word Origin and History for obsessed
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.