Origin of fetish
Examples from the Web for fetish
Two of the “Fetish” sculptures by the artist known as B. Wurtz, from his solo show now at Metro Pictures in New York.
This is known as Fetish Rock from the legend that the natives used to throw live people from it into the river as sacrifices.
After Fetish Rock, the river bends sharply to the right and soon after Boma is in sight.
His playful introduction showed him a child of Mystery, moved by Voices and inspired by a Fetish.The Clansman|Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for fetish
- a form of behaviour involving fetishism
- any object that is involved in fetishism
Word Origin for fetish
Word Origin and History 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.