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Meaning of OBSESSION

Pronunciation:  ub'seshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
  2. [n]  an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions against your will

OBSESSION is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: compulsion, fixation
 See Also: irrational motive, onomatomania, preoccupation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob*ses"sion\, n. [L. obsessio: cf.F. obsession.]
1. The act of besieging. --Johnson.

2. The state of being besieged; -- used specifically of a
   person beset by a spirit from without. --Tylor.

         Whether by obsession or possession, I will not
         determine.                            --Burton.

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