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

Other Words from possessed

possessedly \ pə-​ˈze-​səd-​lē How to pronounce possessed (audio) , -​ˈzest-​lē also  -​ˈse-​səd-​ or  -​ˈsest-​ \ adverb
possessedness \ pə-​ˈze-​səd-​nəs How to pronounce possessed (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 The bright red color was soon muted by a generous dollop of Smetana, which would melt in the hot soup, sending its white streaks all around, like a possessed octopus. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Then the idea of playing the three, there is a kind of possessed-ness, so that did require a different body shape or different vocal inflections. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 14 Jan. 2022 Etruscans saved the furcula of chickens, setting them in the sun to dry out, according to Panati, believing the birds were sacred and possessed power. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 Players assume the role of a possessed lamb and build a flock of deceptively cute woodland creatures to become the biggest, baddest satanic cult around. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Blair famously played the possessed child Regan MacNeil in William Friedkin's original 1973 film. Clark Collis, EW.com, 27 July 2021 The front-seat passenger, the mother of a 1-year-old in the back seat, possessed needles and a methamphetamine pipe, according to police. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2020 Her most common move is scuttling toward the camera on all fours, like a possessed toddler. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2020 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, 5 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of possessed

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

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“Possessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possessed. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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