Examples of fetish in a Sentence
He has a fetish for secrecy.
He wore a fetish to ward off evil spirits.
Recent Examples of fetish from the Web
Furries proclivity for dressing up is sometimes misunderstood as a fetish.
Ms. Hughes’s discussion of what physical phobias and fetishes can tell us about Victorian society is brilliantly particular.
None of us seems able to stop this labeling fetish, certainly not me.
In 2014, Bratty Nikki and her husband, Jay Phillips, co-founded their own fetish website, iWantClips.com.
This must explain what comes across as his Muslim fetish, with his constant references to tropes of an obvious kind, including the hijab, nonalcoholic drinks, praying, and references to Allah.
But tiny houses are quickly evolving beyond their reputation as a quirky lifestyle fetish.
Dress to the nines and find your fetish this weekend.
But this was a subtle shoutout to his base supporters who have a fetish for Confederate statues.
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A Brief History of fetish
When fetish first appeared in English in the early 17th century, it referred to objects (often amulets) believed by certain West Africans to have supernatural powers. During the 19th century, the word took on a broader meaning: "an object of irrational devotion or reverence." The object need not be physical: a person may have a fetish for an idea, such as an unwarranted belief that a particular economic system will solve society’s ills. By the early 20th century, fetish took on yet another meaning quite distinct from its antecedents: a sexualized desire for an object (such as a shoe) or for a body part that is not directly related to the reproductive act (such as an earlobe).
FETISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fetish for English Language Learners
: 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
medical Definition of fetish
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