Origin of obsession
Examples from the Web for obsession
Nicki treats the obsession with her pop ambitions as an irrelevant, surface-level irritation.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’|Rawiya Kameir|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You write about your obsession with sneakers—why do you think so many young men are into sneakers?
What started out as a genuine interest in becoming healthier quickly developed into an obsession.Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession|DailyBurn|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From Janay Rice to Christy Mack to Rihanna, our obsession with celebrity victims has reached an all-time high.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse|Amy Zimmerman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Unauthorized Story seemed to make that latter question hard to answer, our obsession hard to defend.How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'?|Kevin Fallon|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To acquire more and more of it was an obsession with some of them.The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie
It was an obsession so complete that there was no room in his soul for prudence or gratitude.The Moon and Sixpence|W. Somerset Maugham
His interest in this special subject was, it revealed itself, a sort of obsession.T. Tembarom|Frances Hodgson Burnett
The obsession pays, if one will; but to pay it has to borrow.The Sacred Fount|Henry James
Bryan's obsession by the peace-at-any-price propaganda bordered on the fanatical.
British Dictionary definitions for obsession
Word Origin and History for obsession
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.