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spirit possession

Definition of Spirit Possession

(noun) A situation in which a supernatural being inhabits or takes control of an individual.

Example of Spirit Possession

  • Taraka’s Ghost” by Ruth and Stanley Freed, in which a young woman named Sita is possessed by the ghost of Taraka, a childhood friend who committed suicide in Northern India.

Spirit Possession Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈspɪrᵻt pəˈzɛʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˈspɪrɪt pəˈzɛʃn/
  • Syllabification: (spir·it pos·ses·sion)

Usage Note

  • Plural: spirit possessions

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Cite the Definition of Spirit Possession

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “spirit possession.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

spirit possession. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “spirit possession.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“spirit possession.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/spirit-possession/>.