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 In America, Republicans and their fellow travelers fetishize zygotes and fetuses for political gain, and leave the already-born to fend for themselves. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2022 Pretty clearly, now is the moment to learn how to fetishize stability. Paul Ford, Wired, 3 Aug. 2022 Garland is careful, too, to neither fetishize nor trivialize her terror. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 20 May 2022 That ancient rite of womanly passage has been degraded into faux horror tales by fashion magazines that fetishize prepubescent bodies for profit. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Refusing to fetishize disaster as Gus Van Sant did in his Columbine film Elephant, Kurzel and Grant peer into guilt that’s beyond the capacity of activist parents to consider and that crusading journalists are too crude to understand. Armond White, National Review, 8 Apr. 2022 Men of color often see white women as a status symbol; white women fetishize them in return, each using the body as a site of power struggle. Nylah Burton, refinery29.com, 25 Feb. 2022 In a product category where bows, feathers, faux gems, and the like tend to fetishize back door play, Maude's thoughtful, intimate take on the toy stand apart. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, 9 Nov. 2021 But Scott, now 83 and an ever more clear-eyed, dispassionate observer of how power and industry operate behind closed doors, doesn’t go out of his way to fetishize the inventory. Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fetishize

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 2 Oct. 2022.

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