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  • A. adjective.
1. Held as property; owned, occupied; taken as property, seized, assumed. Now chiefly literary and poet.
2. a. Inhabited and controlled by a demon or spirit; lunatic, mad. Freq. predic.
b. U.S. like all possessed: with great force, vehemence, energy, or spirit. Now rare.
3. As the second element in instrumental compounds: dominated, controlled, or affected by a specified influence or agent.
4. Kept calm or steady, composed. Cf. SELF-POSSESSED adj. rare.
  • B. noun. A possessed person or thing; esp. (with the and pl. concord) people possessed by a demon or spirit as a class; lunatics, demoniacs.

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