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fetich (plural fetiches)

  1. Dated form of fetish.
    • 1893, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Without Dogma[1]:
      In intimate circles I am called my aunt's fetich, which makes her very angry.
    • 1911, Susan Glaspell, The Visioning[2]:
      We've made a perfect fetich of loyalty.
    • 1913: Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Politics, pages page 152 (2008 publication)
      The one thing that no democrat may assume is that the people are dear good souls, fully competent for their task. The most valuable leaders never assume that. No one, for example, would accuse Karl Marx of disloyalty to workingmen. Yet in 1850 he could write at the demagogues among his friends: “While we draw the attention of the German workman to the undeveloped state of the proletariat in Germany, you flatter the national spirit and the guild prejudices of the German artisans in the grossest manner, a method of procedure without doubt the more popular of the two. Just as the democrats made a sort of fetich of the words, ‘the people,’ so you make one of the word ‘proletariat.’” John Spargo quotes this statement in his “Life.” Marx, we are told, could use phrases like “democratic miasma.” He never seems to have made the mistake of confusing democracy with demolatry.
    • 1917, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter 1, in A Princess of Mars[3]:
      However, I am not prone to sensitiveness, and the following of a sense of duty, wherever it may lead, has always been a kind of fetich with me throughout my life; which may account for the honors bestowed upon me by three republics and the decorations and friendships of an old and powerful emperor and several lesser kings, in whose service my sword has been red many a time.
    • 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)[4]:
      Sometimes the odor of the armpit may even become a kind of fetich which is craved for its own sake and in itself suffices to give pleasure.