Obsession vs Hobby - What's the difference?

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As a noun obsession

is a compulsive or irrational preoccupation.

As a proper noun hobby is





  • A compulsive or irrational preoccupation.
  • An unhealthy fixation.
  • Influence or control by evil spirits without possession.
  • * 1973 , Jessie Penn-Lewis, Evan Roberts, War on the Saints , ISBN 0913926043.
  • if an evil spirit counterfeits the presence of God, and comes upon'' the man as an influence only, it may be described as obsession ; but when a footing is gained ''in him, it is "possession," because the obsessing spirits have gained access, and possess the ground they hold, up to the extent of the ground given.
  • * 1999 , Mary E. McDonough, God's Plan of Redemption , page 85, ISBN 0736307184.
  • They should see that a perception of their identification with the Victor of Calvary is absolutely necessary if they are to constantly and victoriously resist the obsession of evil spirits.
  • * 2007 , James E. Padgett, The Teachings of Jesus , page 100, ISBN 1430303913.
  • It is true, that by the workings of the law of attraction, and the susceptibility of mortals to the influence of spirit powers, mortals may become obsessed by the spirits of evil—that is evil spirits of men who once lived on earth—and this obsession may become so complete and powerful that the living mortal may lose all power to resist this influence of the evil spirits...


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    Etymology 1

    Shortened from (hobby-horse), from (etyl) hoby, hobyn, . The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of (Robert) or (Robin) (compare (dobbin)).


    (wikipedia hobby) (hobbies)
  • An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
  • I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby .
  • (horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the
  • Synonyms
    * (activity done for enjoyment in spare time ): avocation, pastime
    Derived terms
    * hobbyist

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) hobet, from , diminutive of (hobe).


  • Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco'', especially ''Falco subbuteo .
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 323:
  • He hawked – from nearby Esher, Richard Fox sent a servant with a hobby , which Henry received enthusiastically – and hunted, sending a present of freshly slaughtered deer to Princess Mary.
    Derived terms
    * (African hobby), Falco cuvierii * (Australian hobby), Falco longipennis * (Eurasian hobby), Falco subbuteo * (Oriental hobby), Falco severus