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

Definition of fetishize

transitive verb

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

Examples of fetishize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, in their rush to fetishize civil disagreement, the would-be defenders of free speech reproduce the same circular logic that has powered elite circles for generations. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speech," 13 July 2020 The other reason to watch — indeed, the show’s true potential — is Tommy’s unflappable approach to good community policing, on a network that for too long has fetishized grisly murders and the wonders of DNA results. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "In ‘Tommy’ and ‘For Life,’ criminal justice reform comes from within the system," 5 Feb. 2020 Elegant yet provocative, this work, for Ms. Le, is something of a retort to people who accuse her of fetishizing conflict, or of being too cozy with the military. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, "Troubled Turf: The Photographs of An-My Le," 3 Apr. 2020 My intention was not to fetishize the science fiction. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tales from the Loop," 3 Apr. 2020 The Sopranos continually punished its characters—and its viewers—for fetishizing the spoils of criminality, bludgeoning us with their moral and psychological costs. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 President Trump’s fans follow him around the country like groupies, and Nancy Pelosi’s boosters fetishize her funnel-neck coat as a symbol of the #resistance. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "United We Stan," 11 Sep. 2019 Chefs and restaurateurs owe it to their diners to serve food — whether traditional or modernized — that's cooked well, not fetishized or exoticized in any way. TheWeek, "Colonialism's effect on how and what we eat," 8 Mar. 2020 Powerhouse Museum While it could be argued that this further fetishizes these consumer products, something else is at play here. Ross Rudesch Harley, Quartz, "Why we geek out over sleek interface designs," 14 Dec. 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Fetishize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetishize. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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