[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.
[fet-i-shahyz] /ˈfɛt ɪˌʃaɪz/ verb (used with object), fetishized, fetishizing. 1. to make a of. /ˈfɛtɪʃˌaɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to be excessively or irrationally devoted to (an object, activity, etc)
further extended three-letter acronym (that is, five letters)
[fet-lok] /ˈfɛtˌlɒk/ noun 1. the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair. 2. the tuft of hair itself. 3. Also called fetlock joint. the joint at this point. /ˈfɛtˌlɒk/ noun 1. a projection behind and above a horse’s hoof: […]
1. a combining form representing or in compound words: fetoscope. feto- or feti- or fet- pref. Fetus; fetal: fetology.