fetishism or fet·ich·ism [ fet-i-shiz- uh m, fee-ti-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . 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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-ism Related forms fet·ish·ist, noun fet·ish·is·tic, adjective fet·ish·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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He gives much greater development than before to the
Fetishistic, and to what he terms the Theocratic, periods.
Fetishistic view of nature he evinces a partiality, which appears strange in a Positive philosopher. British Dictionary definitions for fetishistic noun 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 Derived Forms fetishist or fetichist, noun fetishistic or fetichistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fetishistic n.
1801, "worship of fetishes;" in the purely psycho-sexual sense first recorded 1897 in writings of Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), from
fetish + -ism. 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]
Fetishist (1845; psycho-sexual sense from 1897).
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fetishism [fĕt ′ĭ-shĭz′əm, fē ′tĭ-] n. The act of using a fetish for sexual arousal and gratification.
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