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.)
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