fetish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fetish excessive or irrational devotion to some activity "made a fetish of cleanliness"
    • n fetish a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
    • n fetish a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body "common male fetishes are breasts, legs, hair, shoes, and underwear"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to psychologists, the shoe and the foot are the most common sources of sexual fetishism in Western society
    • Fetish A material object supposed among certain African tribes to represent in such a way, or to be so connected with, a supernatural being, that the possession of it gives to the possessor power to control that being.
    • Fetish Any object to which one is excessively devoted.
    • Fetish See Fetich n. Fetichism n. Fetichistic a.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's been said that Adolph Hitler was a coprophiliac, which means he had a fetish for women's feces. He also had a thing for being urinated on by women.
    • n fetish Any material object regarded with awe, as having mysterious powers residing in it or as being the representative or habitation of a deity to which worship may be paid, and from which supernatural aid is to be expected. A fetish may be an animal, as a cock, a serpent, a bear, etc., or an inanimate object, as a tree, a river, a stone, a tooth, a shell, a shaving, etc. The worship of fetishes belongs to a low and brutish stage or form of religion.
    • n fetish Hence An object of blind devotion; an idol: as, gold has become his fetish.
    • n fetish Same as fetish-man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Formicophilia' is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals.
    • n Fetish an object, either natural or artificial, capable of being appropriated by an individual whose possession of it procures the services of a spirit lodged within it
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Quotations

  • Lord Beaverbrook
    Lord Beaverbrook
    “Fortune cannot be flattered by such fetish worship. But she can be wooed and won by hard work.”
  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “It is silly to call fat people gravitationally challenged -- a self-righteous fetishism of language which is no more than a symptom of political frustration.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fétiche, from Pg. feitio, adj., (n.), sorcery, charm, fr. L. facticius, made by art, artifical, factitious. See Factitious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fétiche—Port. feitiço, magic: a name given by the Portuguese to the gods of West Africa—Port. feitiço, artificial—L. factitiusfacĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

She turned to her immediate household; but there, too, the efficiency which had been her fetish made interference unnecessary.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
I think it is lack of imagination in our women-folk, and the fetish of the home.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
A phallus was worn as a charm, somewhat as a fetish to ward off disease.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
Oh, glad was I to leave that fetish country and old Mumbo behind me!
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Just as the democrats made a sort of fetish of the words 'the people,' so you make one of the word 'proletariat.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
It is a fetish in England.
"Aliens" by William McFee
On this occasion, the king of the village and the staff of Fetish men connected with it, take part.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
The joy is in unholy worship of a fetish, the pain that there is no joy also deference to a fetish.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
Had it been known and a fetish, they could not have become the practical people that they are.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
A remarkable shrine with fetish idols was also discovered.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Have you that fetish still?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Only this terrible fetish of youth!
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
HADDON, H. C. Magic and Fetishism.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
His own expensive way, Thane considered, for showing his contempt for the gold fetish of the church.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
There was but moderate support for these bold iconoclasts who dared thus to affront our high fetish.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
As for this fetish you call honour, what honour is there in spoiling your own life and Galva's too?
"The Princess Galva" by David Whitelaw
Yet his own heart-strings tugged him homewards, whilst that fetish, honour, held him bound at the Goat and Compasses.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
In the daily school, which she attended when the fancy seized her, she ruled as a popular fetish.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
A curious people, given to fetish worship in peculiar forms.
"Christopher Quarles" by Percy James Brebner
These jerks and their paper-fetish.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
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In poetry:

Not wan from Asia's fetishes,
Nor red from Europe's old dynastic slaughter-house,
(Area of murder-plots of thrones, with scent left yet of wars and
scaffolds every where,)
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Ex-girlfriend: Man charged in Marriott's killing had choking fetish .
Ever heard of anyone with a saliva fetish .
Yea, its like a creepy sex fetish thing.
Fetish & Fantasy Ball at South Point.
The Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at South Point on Oct 29, 2011.
Rob Ryan talks about Rex Ryan's alleged foot fetish .
The Playboy Club and the 'Mad Men' Fetish .
Some of those Native American fetishes are really beautiful.
The actual origin of fetish was that of projecting power onto an object and giving the object a spirit.
Katie Couric's Notebook: Shoe fetish .
A truly flaky fetish .
The First Lady's Food Fetish Just Keeps Growing.
From Fetish Playground at Lakewood's Phantasy Nite Club to freak -show fun at Parma's Post and Beam, here's your Northeast Ohio guide to grown-up Halloween fun.
The beer that tried to capitalize on Akron's kangaroo fetish — more on that later, in case you forgot — ceased production at the end of 2010.
) I don't think his ball-busting fetish is creepy.
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In science:

Our purpose in showing these numbers is not to claim that our fetish for installing self-checks means that we never makes mistakes in our spreadsheets. We have our share of embarrassments. But our analysts know all too well how they are daily protected from clangers that the audit sheets have alerted them to.
Self-Checks In Spreadsheets: A Survey Of Current Practice
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