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 opened up about love affairs, fetishes, guilty pleasures and crimes large and small.
Big tech has made a fetish of efficiency, of data, of the wisdom of the market.
The museum has put together a retrospective dedicated to the Southern California finish/fetish artist who has explored color, form and minimalism in a career that has spanned more than six decades.
The New Negro was a hero, a fetish, a polemical posture—and a blurry portrait of a flinching soul.
Athey’s work explores Christian myth, sexuality, fetish and pain — visceral, S&M tinged work that once drew the ire of conservative politicians.
Despite his gravity-defying talent, he still was seen as an overachiever, a grinder, a mythic figure who combined the culture's fetish for sunrise-to-sundown work ethic with his own heavenly gifts.
Her niche: online fetishes, sometimes dressing in rubber and latex outfits, armed with gloves, whips, handcuffs, chains and masks.
McCoy was arrested a day after his Army soldier wife, Tawana Roberts, and another woman were arrested attempting to meet with an undercover officer who pretended to have a foot 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).
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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