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From French fétiche < Portuguese feitiço < Latin factīcius (artificial)



fetish (plural fetishes)

  1. Something nonsexual, such as an object or a part of the body which arouses sexual desire or is necessary for one to reach full sexual satisfaction.
  2. Something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman.
  3. An irrational, or abnormal, fixation or preoccupation.
  • 1933: We have a feeling that it must be "honest" work, because it is hard and disagreeable, and we have made a sort of fetish of manual work. -- George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, pg. 117 (Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition).

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