fetish

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • fetich (dated [18th C.–present])

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, from Latin factīcius (artificial). Doublet of factitious.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) enPR: fĕtʹĭsh, fēʹtĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈfɛt.ɪʃ/, /ˈfiː.tɪʃ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

fetish (plural fetishes)

  1. Something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman. [from the early 17th c.]
  2. Sexual attraction to or arousal at something sexual or nonsexual, such as an object or a part of the body. [from the early 19th c.]
    I know a guy who has a foot fetish.   a fetish for leather
  3. (US) An irrational, or abnormal fixation or preoccupation; an obsession. [from the 19th c.]
    a fetish for deficit reduction
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London (Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition), chapter XXII, page 117:
      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.

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Noun[edit]

fetish m (plural fetishes)

  1. fetish