pos·​sessed pə-ˈzest How to pronounce possessed (audio)
 also  -ˈsest
: influenced or controlled by something (such as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea)
: mad, crazed
: urgently desirous to do or have something
obsolete : held as a possession
pə-ˈze-səd-lē How to pronounce possessed (audio)
 also  -ˈse-səd-
 or  -ˈsest-
pə-ˈze-səd-nəs How to pronounce possessed (audio)
 also  -ˈse-səd-
 or  -ˈsest-

Examples of possessed in a Sentence

a horror movie about a possessed child remarkably poised and possessed in the midst of all the turmoil
Recent Examples on the Web The period horror film, which hits theaters this weekend, stars David Dastmalchian as the host of a Johnny Carson-era late-night talk show who invites a possessed guest to boost ratings on Halloween night. Christian Holub, EW.com, 22 Mar. 2024 The latest franchise sequel also features a cameo from Linda Blair, who played the possessed Regan, the daughter of Burstyn's Chris MacNeil in William Friedkin's original film. Clark Collis, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2023 Not only has Dourif given voice to the possessed doll in the movies, but he's held the role in Chucky the TV series as well. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 The new cast includes Leslie Odom Jr., Ann Dowd, Jennifer Nettles, Norbert Leo Butz and newcomers Lidya Jewett and Olivia Marcum as the pair of possessed preteens. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 6 Oct. 2023 Watch The Nun on Max 02 Annabelle: Creation (2017) After appearing at the beginning of the first Conjuring film, the possessed doll Annabelle quickly became a fan-favorite, thanks to her terrifying smile and real-life origin story. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The start of a truly terrifying series, this film follows paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Weber (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson), who fight a possessed house in the '70s. Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023 Alyssa Sutherland's possessed, tormenting mom is a phenomenally nasty piece of work, there's one exceptional use of a cheese grater, and the endlessly bloody finale is a must-see. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2023 The movie, starring Linda Blair as the possessed girl and Ellen Burstyn as her helpless mother, scandalized viewers with its relentless procession of terrors. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of possessed was in 1534

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“Possessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possessed. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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