possessed

[ puh-zest ]
/ pəˈzɛst /

adjective

spurred or moved by a strong feeling, madness, or a supernatural power (often followed by by, of, or with): The army fought as if possessed. The village believed her to be possessed of the devil.
self-possessed; poised.

Idioms for possessed

    possessed of, having; possessing: He is possessed of intelligence and ambition.

Origin of possessed

First recorded in 1525–35; possess + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM possessed

pos·sess·ed·ly [puh-zes-id-lee, -zest-lee] /pəˈzɛs ɪd li, -ˈzɛst li/, adverbpos·sess·ed·ness, nounnon·pos·sessed, adjectiveun·pos·sessed, adjective

Definition for possessed (2 of 3)

possess
[ puh-zes ]
/ pəˈzɛs /

verb (used with object)

Origin of possess

1425–75; late Middle English possesen < Middle French possess(i)er, noun derivative of possession possession

OTHER WORDS FROM possess

pos·ses·sor, nounpos·ses·sor·ship, nounun·der·pos·ses·sor, nounun·pos·sess·ing, adjective

synonym study for possess

1. See have.

Definition for possessed (3 of 3)

Possessed, The

noun

a novel (1871) by Dostoevsky.
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British Dictionary definitions for possessed (1 of 2)

possessed
/ (pəˈzɛst) /

adjective

(foll by of) owning or having
(usually postpositive) under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit or strong emotion
a less common word for self-possessed

British Dictionary definitions for possessed (2 of 2)

possess
/ (pəˈzɛs) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of possess

possessor, noun

Word Origin for possess

C15: from Old French possesser, from Latin possidēre to own, occupy; related to Latin sedēre to sit
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