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
Normal people without gun fetishes still view the widely available AR-15 as an assault rifle that easily can be converted to a fully automatic weapon by buying what’s called a bump stock.
But the band is also wary of a DIY scene where obscurity is a kind of fetish.
Veneziano avoids buying tickets through Telecharge or Ticketmaster, making her purchases, instead, at the box office, where employees try to accommodate her front-row fetish.
Viewing it as a crisis or bemoaning the death of The Real isn’t just an unhealthy, counterproductive fetish.
After far too much of this, only gratification of an extremely specific fetish would bring satisfaction.
But that’s far beside the point for affluent shoppers with an FJ fetish and surely several other newer vehicles in the garage.
Wes Welker sat a series in the 2010 divisional playoffs for making foot-fetish jokes about Jets coach Rex Ryan, but wound up leading the team in catches that day.
The tides of taste come and go pitilessly, exposing our temporary fetishes and foibles like waves eroding the shore.
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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
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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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