Origin of fetish
Examples from the Web for fetich
They added to their own stock of dogma and fetich that of the natives.The Religions of Japan|William Elliot Griffis
It was made by a Loango man, a fetich doctor, very many years ago.
When this fetich is not in use, it is hidden in his bedroom or other private part of his house.
African fetich is no blinder than such baseless adoration performed by an intelligent people.Due West|Maturin Murray Ballou
He does not always hide his fetich charm worn on his person; for it passes muster in his explanation of its use as a “medicine.”
British Dictionary definitions for fetich
- a form of behaviour involving fetishism
- any object that is involved in fetishism
Word Origin for fetish
Word Origin and History for fetich
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.