[fet-i-shiz-uh m, fee-ti-] /ˈfɛt ɪˌʃɪz əm, ˈfi tɪ-/
belief in or use of .
Psychiatry. the compulsive use of some object, or part of the body, as a stimulus in the course of attaining sexual gratification, as a shoe, a lock of hair, or underclothes.
a fetishism of sacrifice to one’s children.
a condition in which the handling of an inanimate object or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs is a source of sexual satisfaction
belief in or recourse to a fetish for magical purposes
excessive attention or attachment to something
1801, “worship of fetishes;” in the purely psycho-sexual sense first recorded 1897 in writings of Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), from fetish + -ism.
In certain perversions of the sexual instinct, the person, part of the body, or particular object belonging to the person by whom the impulse is excited, is called the fetish of the patient. [E. Morselli in “Baldwin Dictionary of Philosophy,” 1901]
Related: Fetishist (1845; psycho-sexual sense from 1897).
fetishism fet·ish·ism (fět’ĭ-shĭz’əm, fē’tĭ-)
The act of using a fetish for sexual arousal and gratification.
[fee-tuh-sahyd] /ˈfi təˌsaɪd/ noun 1. the act of destroying a or causing an abortion. /ˈfiːtɪˌsaɪd/ noun 1. the destruction of a fetus in the uterus; aborticide n. also foeticide, 1844; see fetus + -cide. feticide fe·ti·cide (fē’tĭ-sīd’) n. Destruction of the embryo or fetus in the uterus. Also called embryoctony.
[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/ adjective 1. having an offensive odor; stinking. /ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/ adjective 1. having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay adj. early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) “stinking,” from fetere “have a bad smell, stink.” Perhaps connected with fimus “dung,” or with fumus “smoke.” fetid fet·id (fět’ĭd, […]
[feyt, fet] /feɪt, fɛt/ noun, plural fetes. 1. a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete. 2. a festive celebration or entertainment: The ball was the greatest fete of the season. 3. a religious feast or festival: a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint. verb (used […]
[fee-tip-er-uh s] /fiˈtɪp ər əs/ adjective 1. (of a marsupial) bearing young before they are fully developed. /fɪˈtɪpərəs/ adjective 1. (of marsupials, such as the kangaroo) giving birth to incompletely developed offspring