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possessed

adjective pos·sessed

Simple Definition of possessed

  • : controlled by a usually evil spirit

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of possessed

  1. 1 a (1) :  influenced or controlled by something (as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea) (2) :  mad, crazed b :  urgently desirous to do or have something

  2. 2 obsolete :  held as a possession

  3. 3 :  self-possessed, calm

possessedly

play \-ˈze-səd-lē, -ˈzest-lē also -ˈse-səd- or -ˈsest-\ adverb

possessedness

play \-ˈze-səd-nəs, -ˈzest-nəs also -ˈse-səd- or -ˈsest-\ noun

Examples of possessed in a sentence

  1. a horror movie about a possessed child

  2. <remarkably poised and possessed in the midst of all the turmoil>



1534

First Known Use of possessed

1534




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