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obsession

Psychiatry a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness

obsession

[əb′sesh·ən]
(psychology)
Persistence of or anxious preoccupation with an idea or emotion recognized as unreasonable by the individual.
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At last it became an obsession with her, and she made up her mind to force a change in their relations.
We sat silent then, my mind running on the end of de Barral, on the irresistible pressure of imaginary griefs, crushing conscience, scruples, prudence, under their ever-expanding volume; on the sombre and venomous irony in the obsession which had mastered that old man.
I could have told him from the beginning that this obsession of his over the coffee was bound to end in a blind alley, but I restrained my tongue.
He was a peasant, with all the peasant's love of the soil, which, in him, had become an obsession, a disease.
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.
His brain is filled with superrational sanctions and obsessions.
Obsession was made in 2005 well before Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy.
THE DEVIL'S TEETH: A True story of obsession and Survival among America's Great White Sharks SUSAN CASEY
These rare illustrated pieces from the Huntington's collections are all part of ``Orchids: A Natural Obsession.
But this all seemed to be mere prologue, constituting the childhood of an artist who today has finally come into his maturity and out in the open with his obsession with bodily fluids and residues--and, in particular, with shit.
But while they may have embraced the idea of moisturisation to stop the skin being raked off their face while shaving, the idea of having their nails filed and unguents smoothed into their hands may seem to be a beauty gesture too far, However, Obsession Hair & Day Spa at The Mailbox believe they can convince even the most macho types that getting your nails done does not mean you are just one step away from picking out the pearly pink polish (with apologies to D Beckham).
Holtzman's obsession with pattern is well-known to readers of Nest, his four-year-old magazine, in which pages are cut into eccentric shapes and given such riotous backgrounds that it's sometimes hard to find the photos.