Compulsion and Obsession


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Compulsion noun – An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will.
Usage example: her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly

Obsession is a synonym for compulsion in urge topic. In some cases you can use "Obsession" instead a noun "Compulsion", when it comes to topics like hang-up, drive, personal problem. popular alternative
Nearby Words: compulsive, compulsory, compulsively
Synonyms for Compulsion


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Obsession noun – Something about which one is constantly thinking or concerned.
Usage example: her latest obsession is a movie star who she thinks is very handsome

Compulsion is a synonym for obsession in fixation topic. You can use "Compulsion" instead a noun "Obsession", if it concerns topics such as hang-up, personal problem. popular alternative
Nearby Words: obsessed, obsessive, obsess, obsessional, obsessively
Synonyms for Obsession

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similar similar compulsion similar obsession
constant constant compulsion constant obsession
severe severe compulsion severe obsession
big big compulsion big obsession
Other adjectives: serious, unnatural, slight, sexual, new, outright, overwhelming, growing, odd, weird, inexplicable, strange, bizarre, psychotic, mad, increasing, cultural, magical.

Both words in one sentence

  • His obsession with riddles wasn't born from cheating in a school competition and wanting to prove how clever he was; it was a compulsion to tell the truth due to a violent father.
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