fe·​tish·​ize | \ˈfe-ti-ˌshīz also ˈfē- \
fetishized; fetishizing

Definition of fetishize 

transitive verb

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

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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 Republicans used to fetishize the willingness of their leaders to boldly stand tall to the world’s dictators, imagining that the correct combination of inspirational rhetoric would eventually tear down the gulags by sheer force of oratory. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Now Sounds Like a Fan of North Korean Repression," 12 June 2018 So why are long, full lashes — biologically just as likely to show up on a male body as a female one — fetishized as a specifically feminine trait? Ashley Fetters, The Cut, "What Is the Point of Long Eyelashes?," 30 Apr. 2018 In Stories, food is less an object to fetishize than a prop in the narrative, a set piece for a small-scale Kardashians simulacrum, and everyone gets to be Kim. Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, "I Miss the Old Food Instagram, Don’t @ Me," 23 Mar. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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