Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Worship of or belief in magical fetishes.
  • noun Excessive attachment or regard.
  • noun The displacement of sexual arousal or gratification to a fetish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The practice of worshiping a fetish; that form of religious belief and practice in which fetishes are the objects of worship. See the extracts.
  • noun Hence Blind devotion to one object or idea; abject superstition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the belief that natural objects have supernatural powers, or that something created by people has power over people.
  • noun a form of paraphilia where the object of attraction is an inanimate object or a part of a person's body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs)
  • noun a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)

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Examples

  • This study had been commenced in his own time by de Brosses, the inventor of the term fetishism, and pronounced by competent modern authorities to have been a powerful and original thinker upon the facts of the infancy of civilization.

    Voltaire

  • Actually, the fetishism is absent -- at least until the climactic battle, in which Saki replaces her sailor fuku with a tight leather outfit and has a yo-yo fight with the school's resident nasty girl (played by J-pop singer Rika Ishikawa), who, for the occasion, dons an S&M ensemble complete with studded-leather shorts and fishnet stockings.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Actually, the fetishism is absent -- at least until the climactic battle, in which Saki replaces her sailor fuku with a tight leather outfit and has a yo-yo fight with the school's resident nasty girl (played by J-pop singer Rika Ishikawa), who, for the occasion, dons an S&M ensemble complete with studded-leather shorts and fishnet stockings.

    Movie Review: Yo-Yo Girl Cop

  • This I call the fetishism which is attached to the products of labor, as soon as they are produced as commodities, and which therefore is inseparable from the production of commodities.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • This I call the fetishism which is attached to the products of labor, as soon as they are produced as commodities, and which therefore is inseparable from the production of commodities.

    Commodity fetishism, Sign-value, and Seduction

  • John Kay in the Financial Times Wednesday makes an excellent observation: "Manufacturing fetishism is back."

    Robert Teitelman: On the nostalgia for manufacturing

  • Consensual torture fetishism is entirely different than the hideous Cheney fanaticism the GOP finds itself mired in every Monday night with their hero Jack Bauer.

    Stop The Torture | ATTACKERMAN

  • John Kay in the Financial Times Wednesday makes an excellent observation: "Manufacturing fetishism is back."

    Robert Teitelman: On the nostalgia for manufacturing

  • John Kay in the Financial Times Wednesday makes an excellent observation: "Manufacturing fetishism is back."

    Robert Teitelman: On the nostalgia for manufacturing

  • Perhaps some of this fetishism is catching and explains the oddness many have noted in Ron Paul, even though his last brush as Libertarian standard bearer came in 1988.

    Libertarian Party Nominates Bob Barr for President « Antiwar.com Blog

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