Definition of obsession in English:


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  • 1The state of being obsessed with someone or something.

    ‘she cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession’
    • ‘The Party's high command is now bordering on obsession in its concern over how to avoid a low voter turnout.’
    • ‘Still, the fascination of the Scottish press with whether she is up the duff borders on obsession.’
    • ‘The American obsession with therapy may almost be considered as a neurosis in its own right.’
    • ‘I know that I will always have to write. It's more than a compulsion or obsession.’
    • ‘Argan is a hypochondriac and so his obsession with the match is far from selfless.’
    • ‘The film seems to go out of its way to say that obsession is just that - obsession.’
    • ‘Its success may depend in part on our abiding obsession with England's victory 38 years ago.’
    • ‘Thus, it appears that our obsession with this imaginary family is flourishing healthily online!’
    • ‘Another almost scary thing was his new obsession with the opposite sex.’
    • ‘He couldn't let it become a repeat of his two year obsession with James.’
    • ‘She didn't know what else to say, she couldn't relate to this obsession with grades.’
    • ‘But Haig was also a progressive who shared the Edwardian obsession for efficiency.’
    • ‘I do not understand your obsession with the fool's gold that is electronic journal publishing.’
    • ‘I don't have any kind of morbid obsession, but I just want to be in my death bed thinking I tried to be alive.’
    • ‘When vision becomes unshakeable obsession, the potential for catastrophe may not be far away.’
    • ‘So how did this obsession with theory and preparation actually come about?’
    • ‘Hers is a story of conspiracy and obsession, courtroom battles and ambition.’
    • ‘As a critique of brand obsession and consumer fashion, it was a masterpiece.’
    • ‘As the majority of my salary was swallowed up by my obsession, I ended up borrowing a lot of money to make ends meet.’
    • ‘It can, however, be used as a pry bar to keep one from obsession if wielded in a certain way.’
    1. 1.1An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind.
      ‘he was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist’
      • ‘Like Cronenberg, she's effectively collapsed body and mind obsessions into one.’
      • ‘Her own personality and obsessions continually inform her work, and she likes it that way.’
      • ‘Just occasionally a show comes along that seems to capture the moment, its preoccupations and obsessions.’
      • ‘I am so preoccupied with my obsessions that I am not capable of seeing one step back or one step ahead.’
      • ‘The dark abyss of the mind and its complexes and obsessions must be conquered.’
      • ‘It became clear during the investigation that the attractive newlywed had been the subject of Wilson's obsessions.’
      • ‘Here, Rumas sought to address how children absorb the phobias and obsessions of adults.’
      • ‘It is certainly possible to argue that neurotic symptoms, like phobias or obsessions, are strictly determined.’
      • ‘In today's world, obsessions become possessions and passions become fashions.’
      • ‘However, this knowledge is not sufficient to enable them to stop the obsessions and compulsions.’
      • ‘His interest in national themes and obsessions has also brought his work wide public popularity.’
      • ‘Most of his young life seems to have been spent in the grip of these kinds of cultural obsessions.’
      • ‘He was condemned to be himself, and to live with his obsessions, all the time.’
      • ‘Mapping the psycho-geography of the Americas was undoubtedly one of the obsessions of 20th century art.’
      • ‘When he was appointed president in 1945, a fine arts development program was one of his obsessions.’
      • ‘Aside from football, one of Flynn's big obsessions is transport.’
      • ‘If you're able to think of architecture as frozen music then it's not hard to see how Mulholland's obsessions relate to each other.’
      • ‘It is something less than our finest hour, but highly revelatory of our national obsessions.’
      • ‘Occasionally Adam will become sidetracked from his boxing with obsessions over obscure martial arts.’
      • ‘Inventively humorous, with a gentle, steady touch and a universal appeal, this blog also shares some of my own obsessions.’
      fixation, consuming passion, ruling passion, passion, mania, idée fixe, compulsion, preoccupation, enthusiasm, infatuation, addiction, fetish, craze, hobby horse
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/əbˈseSHən/ /əbˈsɛʃən/


Early 16th century (in the sense ‘siege’): from Latin obsessio(n-), from the verb obsidere (see obsess).