From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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- something nonsexual, such as an object or a part of the body which arouses sexual desire or is necessary for one to reach full sexual satisfaction
- something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman
- an irrational, or abnormal, fixation or preoccupation
- 1933: We have a feeling that it must be "honest" work, because it is hard and disagreeable, and we have made a sort of fetish of manual work. -- George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, pg
Fetish has several uses, including:
- Fetishism, a man-made object that has power over others.
- Sexual fetishism
- Commodity fetishism, a Marxist concept of valuation in capitalist markets.