fetich

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fetich excessive or irrational devotion to some activity "made a fetish of cleanliness"
    • n fetich a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fetich 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.
    • Fetich Any object to which one is excessively devoted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fetich fē′tish an object, either natural or artificial, capable of being appropriated by an individual whose possession of it procures the services of a spirit lodged within it
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fétiche, from Pg. feitio, adj., (n.), sorcery, charm, fr. L. facticius, made by art, artifical, factitious. See Factitious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fétiche—Port. feitiço, magic: a name given by the Portuguese to the gods of West Africa—Port. feitiço, artificial—L. factitiusfacĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

I did not think one could be an archaeologist and yet not believe in fetichism.
"Balthasar" by Anatole France
To the Semitic races belongs the honor of having reformed the ancient fetichism most thoroughly.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
JESUS, MAHOMET, and the FETICHE, will, perhaps, long continue to be their types of distinctive separation.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
The claws and whiskers are carefully removed and sold as fetiches, since they are considered to be very efficacious.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
In this world the killer can command, as his fetich, the soul of the killed.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
This daily exercise became a fetich with him which he clung to with unreasonable obstinacy.
"Booker T. Washington" by Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
Du culte des dieux fetiches (Paris or Geneva, 1760).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
In the past, we have too much made a fetich of figures, and our faith has been too much pinned to statistics.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Foot fetichism, 134 12.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Their religion is nothing but fetichism.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Pagoda, Joss-house, Fetiche, 415.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
From our present stand-point, it becomes manifest that Fetichism is not primary but secondary.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Fetiches of family pride almost as grotesque to her thinking as those of any savages under the sun.
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Fetichism may be observed in the infancy of many of the natural sciences.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
No living monarch has said or done more to revive this mediaeval fetich.
"The Evidence in the Case" by James M. Beck
But fetiches, even when their function becomes permanent, remain fetiches and do not become gods.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
Fetich and superstition took a hundred phases.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
D'you think you can hide this from the fetich?
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Our Fetich is State Rights, as perversely misunderstood.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
This awful fetich, discipline.
"Within Prison Walls" by Thomas Mott Osborne
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