Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • 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.
  • Any object to which one is excessively devoted.

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  • noun Dated form of fetish.

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  • noun excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
  • noun a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers

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Examples

  • When fifteenth-century Portuguese explorers arrived in West Africa and discovered that local peoples believed that their religious carvings possessed similar spirit powers, the word fetich was applied to their holy artifacts as well.

    Come Hither

  • When fifteenth-century Portuguese explorers arrived in West Africa and discovered that local peoples believed that their religious carvings possessed similar spirit powers, the word fetich was applied to their holy artifacts as well.

    Come Hither

  • When fifteenth-century Portuguese explorers arrived in West Africa and discovered that local peoples believed that their religious carvings possessed similar spirit powers, the word fetich was applied to their holy artifacts as well.

    Come Hither

  • The English word fetish can be traced back to the medieval Portuguese word fetich, which refers to religious relics believed to possess magical properties.

    Come Hither

  • The English word fetish can be traced back to the medieval Portuguese word fetich, which refers to religious relics believed to possess magical properties.

    Come Hither

  • The English word fetish can be traced back to the medieval Portuguese word fetich, which refers to religious relics believed to possess magical properties.

    Come Hither

  • The fetich is a symbol of the desired person, thus the handkerchief and glove of the woman or the hat of the man.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • 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.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 Sexual Selection In Man

  • "Well, I suppose because of what you would call a fetich," Frida answered laughing.

    The British Barbarians

  • Instead of being, as we have patriotically supposed, a real progress in human development, it is only a fetich, which is becoming rapidly a failure.

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