AskDefine | Define possession

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of having and controlling property [syn: ownership]
2 anything owned or possessed
3 being controlled by passion or the supernatural
4 a mania restricted to one thing or idea [syn: monomania]
5 a territory that is controllled by a ruling state
6 the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior [syn: self-control, self-possession, willpower, self-command, self-will]
7 (sport) the act of controlling the ball (or puck); "they took possession of the ball on their own goal line"

User Contributed Dictionary



From possessio (Gen: possessionis)



  1. Ownership.
  2. Something that is owned.
  3. A territory under the rule of another country.
  4. The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
  5. Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.


  • Dutch: bezit, bezittingen
  • Hungarian: birtoklás
  • Russian: обладание, владение
something that is owned
  • Hungarian: birtok, tulajdon
  • Russian: имущество, собственность
a territory under the rule of another country
  • Hungarian: gyarmat
  • Russian: владения, зависимая территория
being possessed by a demon
  • Hungarian: megszállottság
  • Russian: одержимость



From possessionem (nominative of possessio)



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Extensive Definition

The word Possession might refer to:


  • Spirit possession, belief in the control of the behavior of a living thing or natural object by a spiritual being
  • Demonic possession, belief in the control of a person by the Devil or other malevolent spirit



  • Possession (law), exclusive practical control of a thing, in the context of the legal implications of that control



See also

possession in German: Possession
possession in French: Possession
possession in Italian: Possession

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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