Origin of fetish
Synonyms for fetish
Related Words for fetishpredilection, proclivity, desire, penchant, prepossession, propensity, fixation, bias, partiality, thing, mania, prejudice, stimulant, leaning, preoccupation, craze, luck, amulet, phylactery, image
Examples from the Web for fetish
Contemporary Examples of fetish
Two of the “Fetish” sculptures by the artist known as B. Wurtz, from his solo show now at Metro Pictures in New York.B. Wurtz Turns Trash to Treasure
March 27, 2013
Historical Examples of fetish
The Fetish is any stone picked up in the street—a tree, a chip, a rag.The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum
I wandered about the streets looking for some Fetish willing to take an interest in me.The Surprises of Life
It is, however, far easier to state what Fetish is not, than to state what it is.
For the rest of the Fetish I remain a mere photographic plate.
The expert in Fetish, the Medicine Man, was the first priest.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
- 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.