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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 un possessed

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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Word Origin and History for un possessed

possessed

adj.

"controlled by an indwelling demon," 1530s, past participle adjective from possess (v.).

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