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
The tides of taste come and go pitilessly, exposing our temporary fetishes and foibles like waves eroding the shore.
These, typically, involve exotic fetishes, such as seeing women doused in condiments.
Saga Sig, photographer, 30 As one of Iceland’s top fashion photographers, with campaigns for Nike and H&M under her belt, Sig recently returned to Reykjavik from living in London to start her own magazine: Blæti (Icelandic for fetishes).
Americans have made something of a fetish of our rage of late — a fact that’s even been leaking into our language.
Admittedly, these are difficult layers to convey without dialogue, but when Mr. Bourne has Lermontov moon over a statue of a shoe, the spiritual pursuit of beauty has been reduced to a foot fetish.
This is a Baumbach fetish (the daughter, played by Grace Van Patten, urinates on camera, similar to the scatological incidents of Margot and Frances Ha).
The two share a love scene in the movie, and while filming it, Winslet made the surprising discovery about her costar’s foot fetish.
The Cut caught up with Ortiz and her clients one day in Newark to talk about their friendship, their lifestyle, and surprising nail fetishes.
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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
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