pos·​sessed | \ pə-ˈzest How to pronounce possessed (audio) also -ˈsest \

Definition of possessed

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

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Other Words from possessed

possessedly \ pə-​ˈze-​səd-​lē How to pronounce possessedly (audio) , -​ˈzest-​lē also  -​ˈse-​səd-​ or  -​ˈsest-​ \ adverb
possessedness \ pə-​ˈze-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce possessedness (audio) , -​ˈzest-​nəs also  -​ˈse-​səd-​ or  -​ˈsest-​ \ noun

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 At the outset of this horror flick, the third installment in the possessed doll series, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) lock the Annabelle doll in a sacred glass case in their home’s artifacts room. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Better Call Saul’ and Dwyane Wade," 5 Mar. 2020 The possessed youth reaches up toward Jesus, his frenzied eyes spinning, unwittingly pointing to his savior in a crazed contrapposto. Max Norman, The New Yorker, "Does “Late Style” Exist?," 13 Jan. 2020 But without the frightening, possessed animal band at Chuck E. Cheese, what there be to do there besides watch parents drink and fight each other? Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Walkthru: Three eclipsed Bengals," 21 Aug. 2017 The innocents soon become the target of a possessed doll. Daily News, The Mercury News, "Here are the summer movie release dates for 2017," 30 Apr. 2017 A possessed criminal, a determined police force and the beginning of a pivotal new use for psychiatry. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "'Incendiary' is an explosive look at New York City bomb case," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of possessed

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 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of possessed

: controlled by a usually evil spirit

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