Mnemonic for FetishA fetish is an extremely strong devotion to something. There are sexual fetishes and nonsexual fetishes-both are obsessive interests.
The most common use of the word fetish is probably the sexual meaning. Someone with a foot fetish is abnormally interested in feet and gets sexual pleasure from seeing, being around and even thinking about feet. A non-sexual fetish is just an excessive interest in something, like a football fan who lives and breathes everything NFL.

Pronunciation: fet-ish

Origin of Fetish: 1605–15; Fetish is derived from the Portuguese word feitiço meaning charm.

Dictionary Meanings of Fetish

1. The fact that a person spends too much time doing or thinking about a particular thing.
2. The fact of getting sexual pleasure from a particular object.
3. An object that some people worship because they believe that it has magic powers.

Master’s Tip to Learn Fetish:

Fetish can be related to the word favorite. For example if cricket is your favorite sport and you are overly obsessed about playing cricket, watching cricket and interested in everything about cricket, then you have a fetish for cricket.

Sentence Examples:

1. Diet, without it becoming a fetish, can also contribute to a feeling of well-being.
2. The human body is the new fetish of cultural studies.
3. Adam also has plenty of other fetishes which you’ll have to talk to him about in person.
4. Amy has a fetish for movies, she watches them every day.
5. Moreover, she had got books about West Africa and the Caribbean that touched on fetish and Voodoo superstitions.
6. Some gropers, Dr. Bonn said, are deviants who strike to carry out a sexual fetish or to satiate “an inappropriate pleasure driven by immature fantasies.”

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