Origin of fetish
Synonyms for fetish
Examples from the Web for fetich
Historical Examples of fetich
Then, taking out the fetich, he breathes on it and from it, and exclaims "Si!"
The other was drawn from a sketch made by myself of a fetich in Zuñi.
As with the Hunter, so with the Warrior, the fetich is fed on the life-blood of the slain.
His fetich is, therefore, preferred by the hunter of these animals.
I remembered in time that he did not know we called it the Fetich.We Ten
Lyda Farrington Kraus
- a form of behaviour involving fetishism
- any object that is involved in fetishism
Word Origin for fetish
1610s, fatisso, from Portuguese feitiço "charm, sorcery," from Latin facticius "made by art," from facere "to make" (see factitious).
Latin facticius in Spanish has become hechizo "magic, witchcraft, sorcery." Probably introduced by Portuguese sailors and traders as a name for charms and talismans worshipped by the inhabitants of the Guinea coast of Africa. Popularized in anthropology by C. de Brosses' "Le Culte des Dieux Fétiches" (1760), which influenced the word's spelling in English (French fétiche, also from the Portuguese word). Figurative sense of "something irrationally revered" is American English, 1837.
Any material image of a religious idea is an idol; a material object in which force is supposed to be concentrated is a Fetish; a material object, or a class of material objects, plants, or animals, which is regarded by man with superstitious respect, and between whom and man there is supposed to exist an invisible but effective force, is a Totem. [J. Fitzgerald Lee, "The Greater Exodus," London, 1903]
For sexual sense, see fetishism.