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ob·ses·sion

(əb-sĕsh′ən, ŏb-)
n.
1. A pattern of unwanted or intrusive thoughts or urges that recur persistently, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
2. A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.

ob·ses′sion·al adj.
ob·ses′sion·al·ly adv.
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obsession

(əbˈsɛʃən)
n
1. (Psychiatry) psychiatry a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness
2. a persistent preoccupation, idea, or feeling
3. the act of obsessing or the state of being obsessed
obˈsessional adj
obˈsessionally adv
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ob•ses•sion

(əbˈsɛʃ ən)

n.
1. the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
2. the idea, image, etc., itself.
3. the state of being obsessed.
ob•ses′sion•al, adj.
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Obsession

 

have a bee in one’s bonnet To be obsessed by a delusive notion or fantasy; to be preoccupied by a whimsical or perverse fancy; to be eccentric or crotchety. Variants of this phrase, such as bees in the head or brains, and maggots in the head or brains, were used as early as the beginning of the 16th century, although bee in one’s bonnet is heard almost exclusively today. As for its origin, it seems evident that anyone with a live bee buzzing inside his hat would be preoccupied indeed. Perhaps the use of alliteration accounts for its currency.

one-track mind A mind completely obsessed with a single thought, idea, or desire; an extremely narrow point of view. This common expression alludes to a single set of railroad tracks on which trains can move in only one direction. As used today, the phrase often carries the disparaging implication that the possessor of such a mind stubbornly resists any consideration of alternative viewpoints.

The persons with the one-track mind are the ones who usually have the most collisions. (Kansas City Times, May, 1932)

ride a hobbyhorse To pursue a favorite project or idea relentlessly and unceasingly; to be obsessed with a single notion or scheme. A hobbyhorse was the term given to a wickerwork horselike frame used in the old Morris dances, as well as to the stick toy with a horse’s head ridden in mock fashion by children. The expression originally meant to play an infantile game of which one soon tired, since riding such a hobbyhorse involved little more than monotonous repetition of unvaried movements. In the 1700s John Wesley referred to hobbyhorse as “the cant term of the day.”

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obsession

A dominating idea or thought which takes over an individual.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obsession - an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
onomatomania - obsession with a particular word which the person uses repeatedly or which intrudes into consciousness
2.obsession - an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
preoccupation - an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
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obsession

noun preoccupation, thing (informal), complex, enthusiasm, addiction, hang-up (informal), mania, phobia, fetish, fixation, infatuation, ruling passion, pet subject, hobbyhorse, idée fixe (French), bee in your bonnet (informal) yet another man with an obsession about football
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obsession

noun
An irrational preoccupation:
Informal: thing.
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Translations
اسْتِحْوَاذُهاجِس، إسْتِحْواذ
obseseposedlostutkvělá myšlenka
besættelsefiks idetvangstanke
pakkomielleriippuvuus
opsesija
megszállottság
òráhyggja
執着
집념
obsedenost
besatthet
การครอบงำจิตใจ
sự ám ảnh

obsession

[əbˈseʃən] Nobsesión f
to become an obsessionconvertirse en una obsesión
to have an obsession about sthestar obsesionado con algo
his obsession with hersu obsesión con ella
his obsession with punctualitysu obsesión or manía con la puntualidad
football is an obsession with himestá obsesionado con el fútbolel fútbol es una obsesión para él
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

obsession

[əbˈsɛʃən] n
(pathological)obsession f
It's getting to be an obsession with you → Ça devient une obsession chez toi.
to have an obsession with sb/sth → avoir une obsession pour qn/qch
(= passion) → obsession f
Football's an obsession of mine → Le football est une de mes obsessions.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

obsession

n
(= fixed idea)fixe Idee, Manie f; (= fear etc)Zwangsvorstellung f, → Obsession f (spec); she has an obsession with her catdie Katze ist ihre ganze Leidenschaft; it’s an obsession with himdas ist eine fixe Idee von ihm; (hobby etc) → er ist davon besessen; watching TV is an obsession with himFernsehen ist bei ihm zur Sucht geworden
(= state)Besessenheit f(with von), Monomanie f; this obsession with order/qualitydieser Ordnungs-/Qualitätswahn m; an unnatural obsession with detaileine (ganz) unnatürliche Detailbesessenheit; because of his obsession with herweil er ihr gänzlich verfallen ist
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

obsession

[əbˈsɛʃn] nossessione f
football is an obsession with him → è maniaco del calcio
his obsession with her → la sua fissazione per lei
his obsession about cleanliness → la sua mania della pulizia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

obsess

(əbˈses) verb
to occupy (someone's mind) too much. He is obsessed by the fear of death.
obˈsession (-ʃən) noun
an obsession about motorbikes.
obˈsessional (-ʃə-) adjective
obsessional behaviour.
obˈsessive (-siv) adjective
obsessive about cleanliness.
obˈsessively adverb
obˈsessiveness noun
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obsession

اسْتِحْوَاذُ utkvělá myšlenka besættelse Besessenheit έμμονη ιδέα obsesión pakkomielle obsession opsesija ossessione 執着 집념 obsessie besettelse obsesja obsessão навязчивая идея besatthet การครอบงำจิตใจ takıntı sự ám ảnh 着迷
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ob·ses·sion

n. obsesión, preocupación excesiva con una idea o emoción fija.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

obsession

n obsesión f
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References in classic literature ?
She was the sort of woman who was unable to realise that a man might not have her own obsession with sex; her relations with men had been purely on those lines; and she could not understand that they ever had other interests.
But the thought of him was like an obsession, ever pressing itself upon her.
How can I retrace today the strange steps of my obsession? There were times of our being together when I would have been ready to swear that, literally, in my presence, but with my direct sense of it closed, they had visitors who were known and were welcome.
It was only on board the schooner, when surrounded by white faces, by unfamiliar sights and sounds, that Karain seemed to forget the strange obsession that wound like a black thread through the gorgeous pomp of his public life.
It was after this that there was most of a virtue for him, most of a cultivated charm, most of a preposterous secret thrill, in the particular form of surrender to his obsession and of address to what he more and more believed to be his privilege.
You know the cause of my obsession. I have no hope now, and am a mere cipher in your eyes; wherefore, I tell you outright that wherever I go I see only you--all the rest is a matter of indifference.
It was an obsession so complete that there was no room in his soul for prudence or gratitude.
It has been an obsession with him that some day this thing could be accomplished and the future of Lothar assured.
He was wont to say that the only redeeming feature of our captivity was the ample time it gave him for the improvisation of prayers--it was becoming an obsession with him.
They were steaming up the China Sea when the idea first suggested itself, and as he sat idly during the long, hot days the thought grew upon him, expanding into a thousand wonderful possibilities, until it became crystalized into what was a little short of an obsession.
He was healthy and normal, ate regularly, slept long hours, and yet the growing little thing was becoming an obsession. WORK PERFORMED.
He was a peasant, with all the peasant's love of the soil, which, in him, had become an obsession, a disease.