obsession meaning

[ əb'seʃən ] Pronunciation:   "obsession" in a sentence
  • Noun: obsession  ub'seshun
    1. An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
      - compulsion 
    2. An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
      - fixation

    Derived forms: obsessions

    See also: obsess, obsessional

    Type of: irrational motive, preoccupation

    Encyclopedia: Obsession

  • [Medicine]
    Persistent,unwanted idea or impulse which is considered normal when it does not markedly interfere with mental processes or emotional adjustment. n : a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling; also : something that causes such preoccupation —compare COMPULSION, PHOBIAob·ses·sion·al adj


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  1. sadat seemed free of the obsession with detail.
  2. to beg drinks in the saloon became an obsession.
  3. watergate had begun to turn into a national obsession.
  4. he has many obsessions.
  5. we thought we had found a way to blunt the obsession with vietnam.

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  8. obsessionally meaning
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