fe·​tish·​ize | \ ˈfe-ti-ˌshīz also ˈfē- How to pronounce fetishize (audio) \
fetishized; fetishizing

Definition of fetishize

transitive verb

: to make a fetish of : treat or regard with fetishism

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On the other hand, people who defy conventions to embrace femininity often say they are fetishized. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Why Does Gender Neutral Clothing Translate to “Boys” Clothing?," 21 Dec. 2018 True looks like her dad’ That’s code for True looking more black than ‘mixed’ which is obviously a negative to people who fetishize IR relationships and mixed babies. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Khloe Kardashian's Daughter True Thompson Is Already Enduring Colorism as an Infant," 19 Sep. 2018 Lists like these — which fetishize achievement, particularly at a young age — erase the privilege and access that allow some of us to take career risks and be entrepreneurial in ways others can’t. Aditi Juneja, Vox, "Like Kylie Jenner, I was on a Forbes list. Here are the hidden privileges that made me a “success.”," 14 July 2018 Several took to social media to mock and criticize the campaign for fetishizing the plights of the show's oppressed characters. Christi Carras, chicagotribune.com, "'Handmaid's Tale' line of wines canceled amid backlash," 11 July 2018 On the other, Kukoo is fetishized by the show, with Sacred Games declining to bless her with either long life or longstanding significance. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 This is a team that fetishizes efficiency, believes in shooting more layups, free throws and 3-pointers than anyone thought possible and shuns the mid-range. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Why You Can Predict the NBA Playoffs," 7 May 2018 Stand-up can be tradition-bound, and certain segments of it have long fetishized stationary comics talking into a microphone. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "How Carrot Top Wins in Vegas (Yes, He Can Be Funny)," 6 May 2018 Our capacity to fetishize youth never ceases to amaze. Ben Steverman, latimes.com, "Young Americans are waking up to their grim financial future," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of fetishize

1920, in the meaning defined above

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