Meaning of fetishism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɛtɪʃɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1A form of sexual behaviour in which gratification is strongly linked to a particular object or activity or a part of the body other than the sexual organs.

    ‘erotic fetishism’
    • ‘foot fetishism’
    • ‘Exclusively heterosexual, his imagery shows no sign of fetishism or sadomasochism, no unseemly interest in children.’
    • ‘The novel is a grotesque exploration of fetishism which antedates Freud.’
    • ‘Sadism and masochism, like fetishism, annex pleasure to established systems of desire.’
    • ‘It deals frankly, openly, and graphically with sexual perversity and fetishism.’
    • ‘All these evoke the requisite themes of pain, humiliation, bondage and fetishism.’
    • ‘His portrayal of sexuality had broadened to include same sex and multiple-partner relationships, masturbation, and various forms of fetishism.’
    • ‘The theme is fetishism, but the treatment is anything but salacious.’
    • ‘The movie is a fabulously funny exploration of fetishism, a look at the ever-more-insane ways people find to "get off."’
    • ‘The artist's subjects - taken mainly from the city's streetlife and bohemian subculture - included portraits and scenes of sexual violence and deviation (particularly shoe fetishism).’
    • ‘Put simply, fetishism is when some body part or inorganic object (here an image) is either needed to achieve the sexual aim or replaces it altogether.’
    1. 1.1Excessive and irrational devotion or commitment to a particular thing.
      ‘a critique of the new technological fetishism’
      • ‘the fetishism of consumer goods’
      • ‘The colors are extremely vivid and work to amplify what at first glance appears to be an unruly fetishism of the exotic object.’
      • ‘Films advocating reforms and criticizing money fetishism amid increasing commercialization in the Chinese society also formed a large proportion of the entries.’
      • ‘His obsessive fetishism regarding the JFK case, however, weakens the argument.’
      • ‘The television programme has turned arts and antiquities into crude commodity fetishism.’
      • ‘He is for photography when it attacks the fetishism of the art object, but against it when it celebrates industrial production.’
      • ‘This fetishism about scenic detail develops in the 1830s and 1840s.’
      • ‘The fetishism of facts has, as the author argues, led history to 'lose sight of its origins in the literary imagination'.’
      • ‘Shots of the dead animal being prepared for its "extended existence" indicate the lead character's fetishism of a "dead" past.’
      • ‘Our consumer society subjects many people's lives to the fetishism of the brand and the product.’
  • 2Worship of an inanimate object for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.

    ‘the fetishism of Aboriginality’
    • ‘This attitude also led to the Negrophile movements in Paris which used signs and objects of fetishism and primitivism to imply modernity.’
    • ‘He held that West African fetishism was an example of the earliest stage in the universal progression of social development.’
    • ‘He used the traders' accounts of contemporary "primitivism" to interpret the objects from Egyptian antiquity and, through historical analogy, established the concept of a universal primitive fetishism.’
    • ‘The French psychologist Alfred Binet adapted de Brosses's religious fetishism to sexual pathology in 1887.’
    • ‘No such distinction exists in fetishism, where object and spirit are one and the same, fused in an unmediated anti-symbolic relationship.’
    • ‘The most frequent metaphorical vehicle used in representing fetishism is the image of the object that comes to life.’
    • ‘Using the same metaphor, Comte represents fetishism as if the material world were alive in every tree and rock.’
    • ‘He illustrates fetishism with a story of "two Malay women in Keeling Island who held a wooden spoon dressed in clothes like a doll ... this spoon danced about convulsively like a table or a hat at a modern spirit-seance."’
    • ‘Tylor is one of the first to argue that the Comian view of fetishism is oversimplified and that Africans worshiped the spirit that resided in the object, rather than the object itself.’
    • ‘The defining feature of fetishism in Tylor remains object-worship.’