• WordNet 3.6
    • n fetishism sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs)
    • n fetishism a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to psychologists, the shoe and the foot are the most common sources of sexual fetishism in Western society
    • Fetishism Excessive devotion to one object or one idea; abject superstition; blind adoration. "The real and absolute worship of fire falls into two great divisions, the first belonging rather to fetichism , the second to polytheism proper."
    • Fetishism See Fetich n. Fetichism n. Fetichistic a.
    • Fetishism The doctrine or practice of belief in fetiches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's been said that Adolph Hitler was a coprophiliac, which means he had a fetish for women's feces. He also had a thing for being urinated on by women.
    • n fetishism The practice of worshiping a fetish; that form of religious belief and practice in which fetishes are the objects of worship. See the extracts.
    • n fetishism Hence Blind devotion to one object or idea; abject superstition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Formicophilia' is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals.
    • ns Fetishism the worship of a fetich: a belief in charms
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  • Lord Beaverbrook
    Lord Beaverbrook
    “Fortune cannot be flattered by such fetish worship. But she can be wooed and won by hard work.”
  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “It is silly to call fat people gravitationally challenged -- a self-righteous fetishism of language which is no more than a symptom of political frustration.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fétichisme,
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.


In literature:

He carries them around as if they were a fetish.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
A Fetish is anything not a living being, worshiped because supposed to be inhabited by some god.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
To each of the others who will dance with her (two or three) she gives a fetish from her bag.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
Caesar people all come to snake fetish.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Ob coas, I hab heer de nigga talk to da Fetish, de which I, tho' I be a nigga maseff, nebba belieb'd in.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Why should we make a fetish out of some dead forefather's example?
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Work, with a capital W, was her fetish.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
It had always been like a fetish to him, something to fear, really.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
McClellan, the fetish of Copperheads and of peace-makers.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
Even these, however, are not ruinous, for with Mr. Luke Jones reasonable prices are a fetish.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 23, 1914" by Various

In poetry:

Not wan from Asia's fetishes,
Nor red from Europe's old dynastic slaughter-house,
(Area of murder-plots of thrones, with scent left yet of wars and
scaffolds every where,)
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman

In news:

A taste of the scope of sexual fetish .
Have Startups Become a Fetish .
'House slave' gets 56 years to life in prison for Los Angeles fetish club killing.
Michigan man with 'diaper fetish ' pleads to online child pornography charge.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A former Greenville man with a "diaper fetish " pleaded guilty Thursday to distributing child pornography.
Never underestimate the importance of lube: Fetish fashionista Seven Mitchell on life in latex.
Harvey Opgenorth's art crate fetish .
Robert Caro And Our "Great Man" Fetish .
'Balance' fetish is best avoided in news coverage: Ted Diadiun.
Tom Friedman's Embarrassing Bloomberg Fetish , Cont'd.
Mistrial declared in obscenity case over fetish film.
Obama's Food Stamp Fetish .
A man with a foot fetish was arrested by North Augusta Public Safety on Friday, just days after he was accused of approaching women to kiss and smell their feet at the Aiken Walmart, police said.
Against the Smartphone Thinness Fetish .
Man accused of impersonating Milwaukee photojournalist to indulge fetish .

In science:

Our purpose in showing these numbers is not to claim that our fetish for installing self-checks means that we never makes mistakes in our spreadsheets. We have our share of embarrassments. But our analysts know all too well how they are daily protected from clangers that the audit sheets have alerted them to.
Self-Checks In Spreadsheets: A Survey Of Current Practice