from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or causing an obsession: obsessive gambling.
- adj. Excessive in degree or nature: an obsessive need to win.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Prone to cause obsession
- adj. Having one thought or pursuing one activity to the absolute or nearly absolute exclusion of all others.
- adj. Excessive, as results from obsession.
- n. A person who is obsessed, who has an obsession
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by or constituting an obsession
- n. a person who has obsessions
Mr. ROTH: Oh, obsessive is a word everybody uses, but maniacal?
The term obsessive compulsive refers to a wide range of different behaviors.
I only wish I could be this encyclopedic — or is the word obsessive.
But he also concludes that Obama struggles with what he calls "obsessive bipartisan disorder": a deep-seated need to unify the people around him, which stems from his childhood marred by broken families, from men who were not fathers, and from his need to make sense of being biracial while being raised by white grandparents.
Noticing when satisfying a craving passes from utilitarian to obsessive is at the crux of psychological health.
GROSS: Well, obsessive is going to extremes and medium is not.
According to Wikipedia (accessed Aug 18), orthorexia nervosa is a term coined by Steven Bratman, a Colorado MD, to denote an eating disorder characterized by an unhealthy obsession (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder) with what the sufferer considers to be healthy eating.
Which is all just wonderful (and apparently they love the show), except that we are currently in obsessive catchup mode with The Wire at my home.
I'd like to argue that the Bond universe is premised on a certain obsessive-compulsive logic, but a logic that can more profitably be understood as Althusserian and ideological rather than as simply Freudian and psychological, a logic that is less about regression to infantile sexuality than about the hopes and anxieties spawned by postwar culture. —
Eckert has a passion for this stuff, yes, you could call it obsessive monomania, but that is what collecting really is, which is really what this is all about, 'collecting' characters into universes and relationships, and utter, utter, fandom.