[ uhb-sesh-uhn ]
/ əbˈsɛʃ ən /
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Origin of obsession
OTHER WORDS FROM obsessionob·ses·sion·al, adjectivenon·ob·ses·sion, nounnon·ob·ses·sion·al, adjectiveself-ob·ses·sion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for obsession
Some personality styles seem more prone to instant tearing than others; the hysterical can be contrasted with the obsessional.
It is often found in cases of insanity of the obsessional or of some other type.Tics and Their Treatment|Henry Meigne
British Dictionary definitions for obsession
/ (əbˈsɛʃən) /
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
Derived forms of obsessionobsessional, adjectiveobsessionally, adverb
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Medical definitions for obsession
[ əb-sĕsh′ən, ŏb- ]
Compulsive preoccupation with an idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.
Other words from obsessionob•ses′sion•al adj.
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Cultural definitions for obsession
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