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Related to fetishize: sexualize, exoticize, sexualization


tr.v. fet·ish·ized, fet·ish·iz·ing, fet·ish·iz·es
To make a fetish of: fetishized bare feet; fetishized a diet free of processed sugar.


(ˈfɛtɪʃˌaɪz) ,




(Psychology) (tr) to be excessively or irrationally devoted to (an object, activity, etc)
ˌfetishiˈzation, ˌfetishiˈsation n


(ˈfɛt ɪˌʃaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to make a fetish of.
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Verb1.fetishize - make a fetish of
adore - love intensely; "he just adored his wife"
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He is interested in the landscape and how people control, fetishize, and dwell within it.
He critiques both camps and argues for a new approach to "the crises of capitalism" that does not fetishize economic activity, but integrates what we know about what's causing ecological crises and resource wars for a more holistic account of what's objectively going on in the world.
Rather than fetishize Jonny, Wayne depicts him with sympathy and insight.
These historiographic wobbles are accompanied by psychoanalytic ones: we hear that the fetish fails within the fantastic, because it "provokes uncanniness" (117), but then that Arthur Saint-Leon, Charles Nuitter and Leo Delibes's Coppelia has to do with women as "sexual objects to fetishize and as uncanny objects to fear" (141), as if the fetish doesn't actually fail.
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Michael Moore's false enactment of the working class persona only serves to fetishize the working class and the collapse of the American dream.
The Bulgarian Foreign Minister called the report "non-sense," pointing out that EC would inform Bulgaria directly about any such plans, and appealed "to not fetishize everything that is said or written somewhere.
Their works abstract, aesthetize, fetishize, and glorify the hermaphroditic condition.
Men fetishize a shapely derriere because their ancestors fetishized a shapely derriere, which is a nutrient repository for future offspring production and maintenance, as well as a visual clue to superior health.
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fetishize that which alienates and is alienated from use value.