Origin of possessed
verb (used with object)
Origin of possess
Examples from the Web for possessed
Contemporary Examples of possessed
They possessed “wisdom beyond their years,” observed The Advocate.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
For both the possessed and the priest-practitioner, driving out the devil can be dangerous to mind, body and spirit.Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 29, 2014
Yet each saw in the other a winner who possessed native intelligence.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public.It’s Time to Get More Women in the NFL Boardroom
September 12, 2014
He was so possessed by his own destiny he would never allow his armies even a tactical retreat, which turned out to be disastrous.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil
July 26, 2014
Historical Examples of possessed
If Robert possessed his acknowledgment he would have no defense to make.Brave and Bold
They possessed a system of writing of their own which they thought vastly superior.
In the beginning each little village had possessed a god of its own.
They possessed no watches but they measured time by the shadow of the sun-dial.
He distrusted his eyes, his ears, and every sense that he possessed.
Word Origin for possess
"controlled by an indwelling demon," 1530s, past participle adjective from possess (v.).
late 14c., "to hold, occupy, reside in" (without regard to ownership), a back formation from possession and in part from Old French possesser "to have and hold, take, be in possession of" (mid-13c.), from Latin possess-, past participle stem of possidere "to have and hold, possess, be master of, own," from posse "to be able," from potis "able, powerful" (see potent) + esse "to be" (see be). Meaning "to hold as property" is recorded from c.1500. Demonic sense is recorded from 1530s (implied in possessed). Related: Possessed; possessing.