Antonyms for obsession

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He clasped his head in his hands and strove to clear his mind for a moment from obsession.

It haunted me; it was an obsession and a perpetual nightmare.

As I drudged on down there in the warehouse, my bitterness became an obsession.

But naturally Peter did not confide his obsession to Lalkhan.

Paula looked appealingly at Bell, but he had become a man with an obsession.

Somehow the obsession of these bonefishermen began to be less puzzling to me.

Aside from that, the desire to see the girl had become an obsession.

It was there, nevertheless, almost amounting to an obsession.

One idea rushed into their minds suddenly and became an obsession.

That was always his weakness; now it seems to be his obsession.

WORD ORIGIN

1510s, "action of besieging," from French obsession and directly from Latin obsessionem (nominative obsessio) "siege, blockade, a blocking up," noun of action from past participle stem of obsidere "to besiege" (see obsess). Later (c.1600), "hostile action of an evil spirit" (like possession but without the spirit actually inhabiting the body). Transferred sense of "action of anything which engrosses the mind" is from 1670s. Psychological sense is from 1901.

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