Obsession

Ob*ses"sion

(?), n. [L. obsessio: cf. F. obsession.] 1. The act of besieging. [archaic] Johnson.
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2. The state of being besieged; -- used specifically of a person beset by a spirit from without. [archaic] Tylor.
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Whether by obsession or possession, I will not determine.
Burton.
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3. An excessive preoccupation of the thoughts or feelings; the persistent haunting or domination of the mind by a particular desire, idea, or image.
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4. Hence: Any driving motive; a compelling goal; -- not necessarily implying a negative judgment, as does sense 3; as, the coach was obsessed with winning the state championship
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5. Something that causes an obsession{3}.
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6. The state of being obsessed.
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obsessional

obsessive

adj. Persistently and abnormally preoccupied with some unreasonable idea.
Syn. -- compulsive.
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