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fetichism \fe"tich*ism\, Fetishism \Fe"tish*ism\ (? or ?); 277), n.[Cf. F. f['e]tichisme.] [Written also feticism.]

  1. The doctrine or practice of belief in fetiches.

  2. Excessive devotion to one object or one idea; abject superstition; blind adoration.

    The real and absolute worship of fire falls into two great divisions, the first belonging rather to fetichism, the second to polytheism proper.


n. (obsolete form of fetishism English)