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1 a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers [syn: juju, voodoo, hoodoo, fetich]
2 excessive or irrational devotion to some activity; "made a fetish of cleanliness" [syn: fetich]

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From French fétiche < Portuguese feitiço < Latin factīcius, artificial



  1. something nonsexual, such as an object or a part of the body which arouses sexual desire or is necessary for one to reach full sexual satisfaction
  2. something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman
  3. an irrational, or abnormal, fixation or preoccupation
1933: We have a feeling that it must be "honest" work, because it is hard and disagreeable, and we have made a sort of fetish of manual work. -- George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, pg. 117 (Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition).

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Extensive Definition

Fetish may refer to:
  • Fetishism, the attribution of religious or mystical qualities to inanimate objects as a primary stage in the development of a culture or civilization
  • Sexual fetishism, psychosexual attraction for inanimate objects
  • Fetish (album) (1999), by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Commodity fetishism, a Marxist concept of valuation in capitalist markets
  • Growth Fetish, the pursuit of economic growth in politics and economic theory as a universal cure for all society's problems
  • Fetish fashion, clothing and clothing fetishes
  • Zuni fetishes, small carvings from various stones, made by the Zuni Indians.
fetish in Welsh: Ffetis
fetish in Italian: Fetish

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