[fet-i-shiz-uh m, fee-ti-]
- belief in or use of fetishes.
- Psychiatry. the compulsive use of some object, or part of the body, as a stimulus in the course of attaining sexual gratification, as a shoe, a lock of hair, or underclothes.
- blind devotion: a fetishism of sacrifice to one's children.
Origin of fetishism
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Examples from the Web for fetishism
We will exchange it even with Paganism, with Fetishism; and, on the whole, must exchange it with something.Past and Present
Fetishism, phallicism, animism, and tree- and serpent-worship were very common.The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
Our beginning is with the prevailing religion of Africa, Fetishism.
Fetishism, too, bulks largely in Egyptian religious conceptions.Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt
Fetishism is, as he says, an ill word, and has caused much confusion.Modern Mythology
- a condition in which the handling of an inanimate object or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs is a source of sexual satisfaction
- belief in or recourse to a fetish for magical purposes
- excessive attention or attachment to something
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Word Origin and History for fetishism
In certain perversions of the sexual instinct, the person, part of the body, or particular object belonging to the person by whom the impulse is excited, is called the fetish of the patient. [E. Morselli in "Baldwin Dictionary of Philosophy," 1901]
Related: Fetishist (1845; psycho-sexual sense from 1897).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of using a fetish for sexual arousal and gratification.
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