fetishism


fe·tish·ism

noun \-tish-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of FETISHISM

1
:  belief in magical fetishes
2
:  extravagant irrational devotion
3
:  the pathological displacement of erotic interest and satisfaction to a fetish
fe·tish·ist \-tish-ist\ noun
fe·tish·is·tic \ˌfe-ti-ˈshis-tik also ˌfē-\ adjective
fe·tish·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of FETISHISM

fe·tish·ism also fe·tich·ism \-tish-ˌi-zəm\

First Known Use of FETISHISM

1801

fe·tish·ism

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FETISHISM

: the pathological displacement of erotic interest and satisfaction to a fetish
fe·tish·is·tic also fe·tich·is·tic \ˌfet-ish-ˈis-tik also ˌfēt-\ adjective
fe·tish·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of FETISHISM

fe·tish·ism also fe·tich·ism \-ish-ˌiz-əm\

fetishism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In psychology, erotic attachment to an inanimate object or a nongenital body part whose real or fantasized presence is necessary for sexual gratification. The object is most commonly some other body part or an article of clothing. From the time of its identification by Sigmund Freud in 1927, fetishism was thought to occur almost exclusively among men, but in the late 20th century that notion was challenged by several new studies. See also fetish.

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