- 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.
- possessed of, having; possessing: He is possessed of intelligence and ambition.
Origin of possessed
- (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
"controlled by an indwelling demon," 1530s, past participle adjective from possess (v.).
Driven by, obsessed with, as in He was possessed by the idea of becoming a millionaire. This idiom employs possess in the sense of “dominate one's thoughts or ideas,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.