Part of speech: noun

A vexing or besieging, as by an evil spirit.

Part of speech: noun

Psychol. An idea that dominates the mind and controls it.

Part of speech: noun

Spiritualism. Possession of one's consciousness by a foreign personality, as in a trance.

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Usage examples "obsession":

  1. You have an obsession. - "King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays", Floyd Dell.
  2. It was almost an obsession with him. - "The Biography of a Rabbit", Roy Benson, Jr..
  3. She and Susan spent hours over them; they became in fact an obsession, and Susan began to see jig- saw divisions: in everything her eye rested on; the lawn, the clouds, or the drawing- room walls. - "Saturday's Child", Kathleen Norris.