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fet·ish also fet·ich  audio  (ftsh, ftsh) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An object that is believed to have magical or spiritual powers, especially such an object associated with animistic or shamanistic religious practices.
  2. An object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence: made a fetish of punctuality.
  3. Something, such as a material object or a nonsexual part of the body, that arouses sexual desire and may become necessary for sexual gratification.
  4. An abnormally obsessive preoccupation or attachment; a fixation.

ETYMOLOGY:
French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, artificial, charm, from Latin factcius, artificial ; see factitious


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