AskDefine | Define possessed

Dictionary Definition

possessed adj
1 influenced or controlled by a powerful force such as a strong emotion; "by love possessed" [syn: obsessed, possessed(p)]
2 in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon; "the soldier was completely amuck"; "berserk with grief"; "a berserk worker smashing windows" [syn: amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed(p)]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. past of possess


  1. controlled by evil spirits
    He was exorcised because he was thought to be possessed by the Devil.


  1. In the context of "construed with of": owning something
    The president was possessed of great wealth.


controlled by evil spirits
owning something

Extensive Definition

Possessed may be:
  • Possession, having some degree of control over something else
    • Spirit possession, whereby gods, daemons, demons, animas, or other disincarnate entities may temporarily take control of a human body

Titles of expressive works

English-language-original films:
Non-English or translated films:


See also:

  • Repossession, a financial institution taking back property
  • Repossessed, a parody/spoof film from 1991 starring Leslie Nielsen
possessed in French: Possessed

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandoned, amok, bedeviled, bellowing, berserk, besotted, bewitched, bursting with happiness, by one, carried away, collected, composed, consumed, controlled, crazed, delirious, demented, demoniac, demonized, devil-ridden, distracted, dominated, driven, easy, eaten up, ecstatic, elate, elated, enchanted, enraptured, enravished, entranced, exalted, exultant, feral, ferocious, fierce, fixated, flushed, frantic, freaked out, free and clear, frenzied, fulminating, furious, ghost-haunted, ghost-ridden, gripped, hag-ridden, haggard, haunted, held, high, hog-wild, howling, hung-up, hysterical, imparadised, in a transport, in ecstasies, in fee, in fee simple, in hand, in heaven, in hysterics, in paradise, in raptures, in seisin, in seventh heaven, in stock, in store, infatuated, intoxicated, jubilant, mad, maddened, madding, maniac, monomaniac, monomaniacal, obsessed, on cloud nine, on hand, orgasmic, orgiastic, overjoyed, overjoyful, own, owned, pixilated, placid, poised, preoccupied, prepossessed, pressed, rabid, raging, ramping, ranting, rapt, raptured, rapturous, raving, ravished, rhapsodic, roaring, running mad, self-possessed, sent, serene, specter-haunted, spirit-haunted, spooked, spooky, storming, tranquil, transported, uncontrollable, violent, wild, wild-eyed, wild-looking, witch-charmed, witch-held, witch-struck, witched
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