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  • adj. Marked by obsession

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Persistently and abnormally preoccupied with some unreasonable idea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a siege; obsidional.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of obsession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by or constituting an obsession


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  • Freud has delimited what he calls obsessional or compulsion neurosis (Zwangsneurosis), which is classed under psychasthenia by the French and under neurasthenia by others.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • But really what happens can happen with steroid use, with domestic homicide, and just with domestic violence in general is something that we call obsessional paranoia.

    CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2007

  • Stekel appears to have stated that he has never seen a complete cure by psychoanalysis, and Ferenezi is not able to give a good account of the results; especially as regards what he terms obsessional homosexuality, he states that he has never succeeded in effecting a complete cure, although obsessions in general are especially amenable to psychoanalysis. [

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  • User-made expansion pack called obsessional oceans they have pt. 1 + 2 up and they are some of the best designers i've seen in a while plus some exhibit fences and stuff check it out. - Articles related to Food & agriculture - June 9

  • I suspect most of you would think I was some kind of obsessional lunatic to draw such conclusions from such evidence, but it is actual, concrete evidence, and a good bit more evidence than anyone has been throwing around here.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » New York Times Profile of Sotomayor:

  • For analysts in the Directorate of Intelligence, the academic types who try to make sense of what the spies collect, the problem is "obsessional," like fretting endlessly over whether a safe has been locked.

    The Full Feed from

  • We say 'obsessional' because the linkage is repeated like a hypnotic mantra in the hope that a lack of evidence and historical counter-examples do not impede a good yarn.

    Mute magazine - Culture and politics after the net - CULTURE AND POLITICS AFTER THE NET

  • Pete – I wonder how much it’s becoming a generational thing – that people over, say 35 are beginning to wonder what the cost of this kind of obsessional cultural development is, whilst those under 30 are convinced we are just luddites!

    2010 In Prospect « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Richard Hildebrandt was what we call a “love obsessional” stalker.


  • The obsessional nature of these fantasies are of a longstanding nature, a clinical psychologist wrote after evaluating him in jail in 1974.

    Post reporter on meeting a rapist


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