obsession

noun
ob·ses·sion | \äb-ˈse-shən, 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.

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Other Words from obsession

obsessional \äb-ˈsesh-nəl, -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.
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Her closest American ancestor may be someone who was not so much novelist as man of letters: Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), whose poems and essays reveal a lifelong obsession with the mysteries of family formation and functioning. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Clock Dance’ Review: The Family Maker," 6 July 2018 Soccer is a day-to-day occupation and/or obsession for vast numbers of people. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 Further, the kind of self-obsession that engenders compelling art is diametrically opposed healthy political leadership. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe We Should Take David Lynch’s Thoughts on Trump with a Grain of Salt," 27 June 2018 Vernon Unsworth, a British insurance consultant and hobbyist spelunker, has made a obsession of the Tham Luang cave system. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 This is, alas, the Yahweh of the early Hebrews, a fickle, petulant, seemingly amoral deity whose childish obsession is with proving himself top banana in the pantheon of primitive gods. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 Latin America, the only region that currently can challenge Europe’s footballing obsession and depth of talent, is home to three. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 Call it motel revivalism: cashing in on inexpensive property, employing adaptive reuse, and playing to the country’s obsession with updated midcentury design. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 These royals are less constrained by the traditions and obsessions of the past, notably the question of Palestine. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of obsession

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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obsession

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obsession

: a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal

: someone or something that a person thinks about constantly or frequently

: an activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing

obsession

noun
ob·ses·sion | \əb-ˈse-shən \

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- \

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 \ adjective

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