Adjective "fetish" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.
  1. 'a foot fetish'
  2. 'No, we're referring to that twilight world of bizarre fetishes and sexual practices.'
  3. 'Erogenous zones should be distinguished from sexual fetishes.'
  4. 'Here are answers to your questions about attraction, sexuality, mindcontrol, foot fetishes and more.'
  5. 'I couldn't care less about his consensual, adult sexual fetishes.'
  6. 'His bondage art often captures that exact aesthetic I previously described, which I consider nearly a fetish in and of itself.'
  7. 'Necrophile attractions - in common with other paraphilic sexual fetishes - tend to manifest at an early age.'
  8. 'the western fetish for all things North African'
  9. 'The nation-head must exercise caution before making personal dietary fetishes into what become political statements.'
  10. 'I always had a fetish for coconut and lamingtons were covered with coconut…'
  11. 'I had a fetish for basketball till 8th grade, and was the best girl in the school at it.'
  12. 'About the time we should have been taking on grownup responsibilities we made a fetish of resisting the Establishment.'
  13. 'First off, one of my favourite film fetishes is returning, big time.'
An inanimate object worshipped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.
  1. 'Once the task is completed the spirit leaves the fetish and it becomes an ordinary object again.'
  2. 'Eventually I realized I was making a charm or fetish connected to one of the gods I had been writing about.'
  3. 'When his mother sold him to white men, she told him to thank and worship the fetishes, objects believed to have magical powers by primitive people, because they will make him happy.'
  4. 'In keeping with his sense that Zuni life was timeless before the advent of Whites, his displays dehistoricized the masks, fetishes, and other objects they contained.'
  5. 'The 32 photographs in this show ranged from images of participants in the Haitian Carnival to priests, priestesses, and religious fetishes and shrines in Brazil and Nigeria.'
  6. 'Lesser priests and priestesses serve the shrines of fetishes, minor spirits, and focus on cures and magic charms.'

More definitions

1. an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency.

2. any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades.

3. Psychology. any object or nongenital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation.

More examples(as adjective)

"slaves can be fetish."

"priests can be fetish."


Early 17th century (originally denoting an object used by the peoples of West Africa as an amulet or charm): from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço ‘charm, sorcery’ (originally an adjective meaning ‘made by art’), from Latin facticius (see factitious).