fetish


fe·tish

noun \ˈfe-tish also ˈfē-\

: a strong and unusual need or desire for something

: a need or desire for an object, body part, or activity for sexual excitement

: an object that is believed to have magical powers

Full Definition of FETISH

1
a :  an object (as a small stone carving of an animal) believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly :  a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence
b :  an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion :  prepossession
c :  an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression
2
:  a rite or cult of fetish worshipers
3
:  fixation

Variants of FETISH

fe·tish also fe·tich \ˈfe-tish also ˈfē-\

Examples of FETISH

  1. He has a fetish for secrecy.
  2. He wore a fetish to ward off evil spirits.

Origin of FETISH

French & Portuguese; French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, from feitiço artificial, false, from Latin facticius factitious
First Known Use: 1613

Other Psychology Terms

hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with FETISH

fe·tish

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FETISH

: an object or bodily part whose real or fantasized presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression

Variants of FETISH

fe·tish also fe·tich \ˈfet-ish also ˈfēt-\

fetish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Object believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner, and by extension, an object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence. In the 18th century it was applied to West African amulets; it has also been used for various items in American Indian religion. In psychology, a fetish is an object that substitutes for a person as the focus of sexual desire. See also fetishism.

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