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possessed

[puh-zest] /pəˈzɛst/
adjective
1.
spurred or moved by a strong feeling, madness, or a supernatural power (often followed by by, of, or with):
The army fought as if possessed. The village believed her to be possessed of the devil.
2.
self-possessed; poised.
Idioms
3.
possessed of, having; possessing:
He is possessed of intelligence and ambition.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; possess + -ed2
Related forms
possessedly
[puh-zes-id-lee, -zest-lee] /pəˈzɛs ɪd li, -ˈzɛst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
possessedness, noun
nonpossessed, adjective
unpossessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for possessed by

possessed

/pəˈzɛst/
adjective
1.
(foll by of) owning or having
2.
(usually postpositive) under the influence of a powerful force, such as a spirit or strong emotion
3.
a less common word for self-possessed
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Idioms and Phrases with possessed by
Driven by, obsessed with, as in He was possessed by the idea of becoming a millionaire. This idiom employs possess in the sense of “dominate one's thoughts or ideas,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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