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 Who doesn’t fetishize being a glamorous, productive, perfect version of themselves? Ruchira Sharma, refinery29.com, 12 July 2021 Some coffee aficionados fetishize the brewing process. John Greathouse, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Instagram filters that lighten skin or fetishize ethnic features. Jessica Guynn, USA Today, 3 May 2021 The show seems to fetishize June’s punishments, as she is repeatedly beaten to within an inch of her life, actress Elisabeth Moss spewing her fury and her tears on demand. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The agonies of addiction are hardly new, but self-obliteration has never been a subject of greater obsession; somehow, America has managed to fetishize oblivion while also condemning it. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 The story's brutality reverberates throughout the rest of the book, but Thornton doesn't fetishize Bethany's problems the way writers like Donald Ray Pollock or Daniel Woodrell often write about rural life. Star Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 Fashion might seem to fetishize change, at least on the surface, but the industry was reluctant to embrace technology. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 15 Dec. 2020 Let other folks fetishize the convenience of a fish filet: The whole roasted fish is my idea of convenience food. Sunset Magazine, 19 Aug. 2020

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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