obsession

noun
ob·​ses·​sion | \ äb-ˈse-shən How to pronounce obsession (audio) , əb- \

Definition of obsession

1 : a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling broadly : compelling motivation an obsession with profits has an obsession with gambling
2 : something that causes an obsession Losing weight can be an obsession that results in the avoidance of certain foods.

Other Words from obsession

obsessional \ äb-​ˈsesh-​nəl How to pronounce obsession (audio) , -​ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl , əb-​ \ adjective
obsessionally adverb

Examples of obsession in a Sentence

He was fascinated by the actress and tracking her every move had become an obsession. She has an obsession about cleanliness. Her concern about cleanliness approaches the level of obsession. Money has become an obsession for him.
Recent Examples on the Web Bob Gottlieb’s obsession with plastic purses does not go undocumented. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 30 June 2022 Experience-minded leaders can also help reintroduce customer obsession to their boards, using cross-department insights to build a competitive edge. Sara Jurmain Richter, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Streaming has, over the past decade, created an ecosystem in which obsession and oddity can be measured and monetized like never before. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 29 June 2022 There are so many quirky traits that each of your characters has, like Oliver’s obsession with dips. Yvonne Villarrealstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 While the show is undoubtedly carried by Atkinson’s Chaplin-esque physical humor, the plot — about one man’s obsession — can be found in even the greatest literary works. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 24 June 2022 While Documenta Fifteen’s obsession with collectivity can feel, at times, dogmatic and overly repetitive, the show also contains a great deal of magic. Cassidy George, Vogue, 22 June 2022 But the Texas resolution shows how thoroughly Trump’s obsession with the election has become ingrained as a core belief for his party. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 But the Texas resolution shows how thoroughly Trump's obsession with the election has become ingrained as a core belief for his party. Rosalind S. Helderman, BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of obsession

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jul 2022

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“Obsession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsession. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for obsession

obsession

noun
ob·​ses·​sion | \ əb-ˈse-shən How to pronounce obsession (audio) \

Kids Definition of obsession

: a persistent abnormally strong interest in or concern about someone or something

obsession

noun
ob·​ses·​sion | \ äb-ˈsesh-ən, əb- How to pronounce obsession (audio) \

Medical Definition of obsession

: a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling also : something that causes such preoccupation — compare compulsion, phobia

Other Words from obsession

obsessional \ -​ˈsesh-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce obsession (audio) \ adjective

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