[ fet-ish, fee-tish ]
/ ˈfɛt ɪʃ, ˈfi tɪʃ /
an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency.
any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades.
Psychology. any object or nongenital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation.
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Origin of fetish
1605–15; earlier fateish
charm, sorcery (noun), artificial (adj.) <Latin factīciusfactitious
; replacing fatisso, fetisso
<Portuguese, as above
OTHER WORDS FROM fetishfet·ish·like, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for fetish
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.
something, esp an inanimate object, that is believed in certain cultures to be the embodiment or habitation of a spirit or magical powers
- a form of behaviour involving fetishism
- any object that is involved in fetishism
any object, activity, etc, to which one is excessively or irrationally devotedto make a fetish of cleanliness
Derived forms of fetishfetish-like or fetich-like, adjective
Word Origin for fetish
C17: from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço (n) sorcery, from adj: artificial, from Latin factīcius made by art, factitious
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Something, such as an object or nonsexual part of the body, that arouses sexual desire and may become necessary for sexual gratification.
An abnormally obsessive preoccupation or attachment.
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An object believed to carry a magical or spiritual force. Some so-called primitive tribes practice cult worship of fetishes. (See animism (see also animism) and totemism.)
notes for fetish
Figuratively, a “fetish” is any object that arouses excessive devotion: “Lucille made a fetish of her Porsche.”
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