Need another word that means the same as “obsession”? Find 12 synonyms and 30 related words for “obsession” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Obsession” are: compulsion, fixation, ruling passion, passion, mania, preoccupation, enthusiasm, infatuation, addiction, fetish, craze, hobby horse
Obsession as a Noun
Definitions of "Obsession" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “obsession” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.
- The state of being obsessed with someone or something.
- An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will.
- An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind.
Synonyms of "Obsession" as a noun (12 Words)
|addiction||(Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master.|
Under Roman law addiction was the justification for slavery.
|compulsion||The action or state of forcing or being forced to do something; constraint.|
The payment was made under compulsion.
|craze||A fine crack in a glaze or other surface.|
The new craze for step aerobics.
|enthusiasm||Something that arouses enthusiasm.|
The three enthusiasms of his life were politics religion and books.
|fetish||An excessive and irrational devotion or commitment to a particular thing.|
The western fetish for all things North African.
|fixation||The action of concentrating the eyes directly on something.|
His work on nitrogen fixation in plants.
|hobby horse||Small Old World falcon formerly trained and flown at small birds.|
|infatuation||An object of extravagant short-lived passion.|
I hope this is merely a passing infatuation.
|mania||A mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently.|
Many people suffering from mania do not think anything is wrong.
|passion||Something that is desired intensely.|
Modern furniture is a particular passion of Bill s.
|preoccupation||The mental state of being preoccupied by something.|
His preoccupation with politics.
|ruling passion||The reason for a court’s judgment (as opposed to the decision itself.|
Usage Examples of "Obsession" as a noun
- He was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist.
- She cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession.
Associations of "Obsession" (30 Words)
|abduction||The movement of a limb or other part away from the midline of the body, or from another part.|
They organized the abduction of Mr Cordes on his way to the airport.
|accusative||A word in the accusative case.|
|acquisitive||Excessively interested in acquiring money or material things.|
An acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied.
|coercion||The act of compelling by force of authority.|
They didn t have to use coercion.
|compulsion||Using force to cause something to occur.|
Though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game.
|compulsory||Required by law or a rule; obligatory.|
Compulsory military service.
|confinement||The act of restraining of a person’s liberty by confining them.|
He was immediately released from his confinement.
|control||Control others or oneself or influence skillfully usually to one s advantage.|
They wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls.
|disarmament||Act of reducing or depriving of arms.|
Disarmament treaties between America and the former Soviet Union.
|dispossess||Deprive (someone) of land, property, or other possessions.|
They were dispossessed of lands and properties during the Reformation.
|dotage||The period of life in which a person is old and weak.|
You could live here and look after me in my dotage.
|duress||Forcible restraint or imprisonment.|
Confessions extracted under duress.
|fetish||A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.|
A man with a fetish for surgical masks.
|fixation||An obsessive interest in or feeling about someone or something.|
During the period of total blindness there was a complete absence of visual fixation.
|force||Urge or force a person to an action constrain or motivate.|
She forced her diet fads on him.
|forcible||Done by force.|
|genitive||A word in the genitive case.|
The genitive endings.
|infatuation||An intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something.|
The thrill of infatuation.
|infirmity||Physical or mental weakness.|
Old age and infirmity come to men and women alike.
|longing||Having or showing a yearning desire.|
Her longing eyes.
|morbid||Characterized by an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease.|
A morbid growth.
|pathological||Caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition.|
A pathological liar.
|possessive||The possessive case.|
A possessive parent.
|preoccupation||The act of taking occupancy before someone else does.|
His preoccupation with politics.
|selfish||Concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others- Maria Weston Chapman.|
I joined them for selfish reasons.
|senile||(of a condition) characteristic of or caused by old age.|
She couldn t cope with her senile husband.
|senility||The condition of being senile.|
The onset of senility.
|sickness||The feeling or fact of being affected with nausea or vomiting.|
She felt a wave of sickness wash over her.
|unrequited||(of a feeling, especially love) not returned.|
Unrequited unanswered love.