[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 fetichism
I did not think one could be an archaeologist and yet not believe in fetichism.Balthasar
Fetichism, M. Rville also says, is logically a later belief.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study
The Christians of the middle ages, Dr. Draper says, “were immersed in fetichism.”The Christ
John Eleazer Remsburg
Dread of these leads to worship, fetichism, and animism, the beginning of religion.The Wonders of Life
The constraint of spirits by fear or violence is characteristic of Fetichism.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
- 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 fetichism
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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