obsession

[ uh b-sesh-uh n ]
/ əbˈsɛʃ ən /

noun

the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
the idea, image, desire, feeling, etc., itself.
the state of being obsessed.
the act of obsessing.

Origin of obsession

1505–15; < Latin obsessiōn- (stem of obsessiō) blockade, siege, equivalent to obsess(us) (see obsess) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

ob·ses·sion·al, adjectivenon·ob·ses·sion, nounnon·ob·ses·sion·al, adjectiveself-ob·ses·sion, noun
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Examples from the Web for obsessional

  • Some personality styles seem more prone to instant tearing than others; the hysterical can be contrasted with the obsessional.

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  • It is often found in cases of insanity of the obsessional or of some other type.

British Dictionary definitions for obsessional

obsession

/ (əbˈsɛʃən) /

noun

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

obsessional, adjectiveobsessionally, adverb
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Medicine definitions for obsessional

obsession

[ əb-sĕshən, ŏb- ]

n.

Compulsive preoccupation with an idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.

Related forms

ob•session•al adj.
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Culture definitions for obsessional

obsession


A preoccupation with a feeling or idea. In psychology, an obsession is similar to a compulsion.

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