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fetish definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

also fetich noun Etymology: French & Portuguese; French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, from feitiço artificial, false, from Latin facticius factitious Date: 1613 1. a. an object (as a small stone carving of an animal) believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence b. an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion ; prepossession c. an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression 2. a rite or cult of fetish worshipers 3. fixation

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 Psychol. a thing abnormally stimulating or attracting sexual desire. 2 a an inanimate object worshipped by primitive peoples for its supposed inherent magical powers or as being inhabited by a spirit. b a thing evoking irrational devotion or respect. Derivatives: fetishism n. fetishist n. fetishistic adj. Etymology: F fétiche f. Port. feitiço charm: orig. adj. = made by art, f. L factitius FACTITIOUS

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fetish Fe"tish, n., Fetishism Fe"tish*ism (? or ?; 277), n., Fetishistic Fe`tish*is"tic, a. See Fetich, n., Fetichism, n., Fetichistic, a.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fetich Fe"tich, Fetish Fe"tish, n.[F. f['e]tiche, from Pg. feiti?o, adj., n., sorcery, charm, fr. L. facticius made by art, artifical, factitious. See Factitious.] 1. 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. 2. Any object to which one is excessively devoted.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fetishes) 1. If someone has a fetish, they have an unusually strong liking or need for a particular object or activity, as a way of getting sexual pleasure. ...rubber and leather fetishes. ...fetish wear for sexual arousal. N-COUNT: oft n N 2. If you say that someone has a fetish for doing something, you disapprove of the fact that they do it very often or enjoy it very much. What began as a postwar fetish for sunbathing is rapidly developing into a world health crisis. N-COUNT: usu with supp [disapproval] 3. In some cultures, a fetish is an object, especially a carved object, which is considered to have religious importance or magical powers. N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

Baal, Juggernaut, amulet, bias, charm, compulsion, devil-god, fixation, fylfot, gammadion, golden calf, good-luck charm, graven image, hoodoo, idee fixe, idol, joss, juju, leaning, love charm, luck, lucky bean, lucky piece, madstone, mania, mascot, mumbo jumbo, obeah, obsession, partiality, penchant, periapt, philter, phylactery, predilection, prejudice, preoccupation, prepossession, proclivity, propensity, scarab, scarabaeus, scarabee, sudarium, swastika, talisman, thing, totem, veronica, voodoo, whammy



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