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Fetich \Fe"tich\, Fetish \Fe"tish\, n.[F. f['e]tiche, from Pg. feiti?o, adj., n., sorcery, charm, fr. L. facticius made by art, artifical, factitious. See Factitious.]

  1. A material object supposed among certain African tribes to represent in such a way, or to be so connected with, a supernatural being, that the possession of it gives to the possessor power to control that being.

  2. Any object to which one is excessively devoted.


n. (dated form of fetish English)

  1. n. a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers [syn: juju, voodoo, hoodoo, fetish]

  2. excessive or irrational devotion to some activity; "made a fetish of cleanliness" [syn: fetish]

Usage examples of "fetich".

Somehow or other, some fetich had descended from Prester John by way of the Mazimba and Angoni and Makaranga.

I forget every minute that YOU do not recognise the essential identity of your own taboos and poojahs and fetiches with the similar and often indistinguishable taboos and poojahs and fetiches of savages generally.

True, our fetiches have different form and substance, yet in their power over the human mind they are still as disastrous as were those of old.

One by one the Schlegel fetiches had been overthrown, and, though professing to defend them, she had rejoiced.

Woman, even more than man, is a fetich worshipper, and though her idols may change, she is ever on her knees, ever holding up her hands, ever blind to the fact that her god has feet of clay.