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
People have been surrounding themselves with objects of worship since time immemorial, even if today's fetish is more likely to be a Chewbacca collectible than a terra-cotta object.
American Apparel was inconsistent in every way — design, sizing, pricing, quality — except in their commitment to making leisurewear fetish-y and fetishwear leisurely.
Okpokwasili turns herself into an African pain fetish.
From vintage cruises to European motorcycle gatherings, gearheads can probably find some night tailored to their specific mechanical fetish at least once a month.
Akihabara, Tokyo’s mecca for manga and anime, is also the heart of a fetish for schoolgirls and their uniforms.
Most of the other plays were lighthearted comedies involving weird fetishes, the return of Aphrodite, an elementary school election and a three-way romance.
The website bills itself as a place for users to connect with other people interested in bondage, sadomasochism and more obscure sexual fetish fantasies.
A sizable portion of the female population has a shoe fetish.
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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).
Origin and Etymology of fetish
First Known Use: 1613See Words from the same year
Synonymsfixation (also fetich), idée fixe, mania, obsession, preoccupation, prepossession
Related Wordsmonomania; complex, hang-up, problem, trip; appetite, cacoëthes, compulsion, craving, desire, drive, enthusiasm, fascination, hankering, hunger, infatuation, itch, longing, lust, passion, pining, thirst, urge, yearning, yen; idiosyncrasy, quirk; bent, disposition, inclination, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency
Near Antonymsapathy, disinterestedness, disregard, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern, unconcernedness
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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