Definition of fetish in English:

fetish

noun

  • 1A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.

    ‘a man with a fetish for surgical masks’
    ‘a foot fetish’
    • ‘He noted that sexual fetishes, no matter how weird they might seem, were an expression of one's individuality.’
    • ‘In this remake of Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Adam Sandler's inheritance includes John Turturro as a butler with a fetish for men's feet.’
    • ‘Necrophile attractions - in common with other paraphilic sexual fetishes - tend to manifest at an early age.’
    • ‘In that time, we've taken a look at a wide array of sexual fetishes ranging from the unnerving to the truly horrifying to the baffling.’
    • ‘As you can see, there is no mention of sexual fetishes or fantasies of any kind.’
    • ‘I couldn't care less about his consensual, adult sexual fetishes.’
    • ‘She soon learns of an underground society of sex addicts, led by Knoxville, who will stop at nothing to fulfill their various sexual fantasies and fetishes.’
    • ‘No, we're referring to that twilight world of bizarre fetishes and sexual practices.’
    • ‘At times, customers visited the clubs seeking gratification of certain fetishes such as the desire to interact with a dominant woman or to experience public humiliation or pain.’
    • ‘Here are answers to your questions about attraction, sexuality, mindcontrol, foot fetishes and more.’
    • ‘Erogenous zones should be distinguished from sexual fetishes.’
    • ‘His bondage art often captures that exact aesthetic I previously described, which I consider nearly a fetish in and of itself.’
    • ‘Do you want to know a tick-list of their sexual fetishes?’
    fixation, sexual fixation, obsession, compulsion, mania
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    1. 1.1 An excessive and irrational devotion or commitment to a particular thing.
      ‘the western fetish for all things North African’
      • ‘Everyone walks in darkness, with habits that have become fetishes.’
      • ‘About the time we should have been taking on grownup responsibilities we made a fetish of resisting the Establishment.’
      • ‘I had a fetish for basketball till 8th grade, and was the best girl in the school at it.’
      • ‘It seemed as if she had a fetish for small Manila folders.’
      • ‘She had a fetish for fixing things up when they didn't look right.’
      • ‘The author has a fetish for war-machines, preferably old-fashioned ones, and the book is written solely to maximise his pleasure.’
      • ‘The nation-head must exercise caution before making personal dietary fetishes into what become political statements.’
      • ‘First off, one of my favourite film fetishes is returning, big time.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister, who seems to make a fetish of showing that power is not incompatible with panache, is (or so his spokesman says) a Stones fan.’
      • ‘A billionaire who had a fetish for huge buildings and computerized offices wasn't likely to do much meditation.’
      • ‘I always had a fetish for coconut and lamingtons were covered with coconut…’
  • 2An inanimate object worshipped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.

    • ‘When his mother sold him to white men, she told him to thank and worship the fetishes, objects believed to have magical powers by primitive people, because they will make him happy.’
    • ‘Once the task is completed the spirit leaves the fetish and it becomes an ordinary object again.’
    • ‘In keeping with his sense that Zuni life was timeless before the advent of Whites, his displays dehistoricized the masks, fetishes, and other objects they contained.’
    • ‘Eventually I realized I was making a charm or fetish connected to one of the gods I had been writing about.’
    • ‘A renegade missionary is brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish.’
    • ‘One of his brothers ran off with his wife and his fetishes (objects said to have magical powers that his people worshipped).’
    • ‘Do I feel the thing that relics, totems, and fetishes are supposed to make people feel?’
    • ‘Lesser priests and priestesses serve the shrines of fetishes, minor spirits, and focus on cures and magic charms.’
    • ‘Charms, talismans, fetishes, photos, what-have-you - little things that I wear or keep or carry in my pocket that I can connect to a person or a place or a time in my life.’
    • ‘The 32 photographs in this show ranged from images of participants in the Haitian Carnival to priests, priestesses, and religious fetishes and shrines in Brazil and Nigeria.’
    • ‘But you may want to look into some long-term solution that doesn't revolve around an external fetish object such as a crystal or talisman.’
    • ‘He taught the law of Moses and spoke against sorcery, fetishes, charms, and polygamy (having more than one spouse at the same time).’
    juju, talisman, charm, amulet
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Origin

Early 17th century (originally denoting an object used by the peoples of West Africa as an amulet or charm): from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço ‘charm, sorcery’ (originally an adjective meaning ‘made by art’), from Latin facticius (see factitious).

Pronunciation

fetish

/ˈfɛtɪʃ/