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n. Archaic
Variant of fetish.

fet′ich·ism n.
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Noun1.fetich - a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powersfetich - a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
good luck charm, charm - something believed to bring good luck
2.fetich - excessive or irrational devotion to some activity; "made a fetish of cleanliness"
devotion - commitment to some purpose; "the devotion of his time and wealth to science"
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The only rational thing for the twentieth-century folk to do is to cover up the well; to make the twentieth century in truth the twentieth century, and to relegate to the nineteenth century and all the preceding centuries the things of those centuries, the witch-burnings, the intolerances, the fetiches, and, not least among such barbarisms.
One by one the Schlegel fetiches had been overthrown, and, though professing to defend them, she had rejoiced.
They reminded him of what he had read of eastern and southern countries, in which grotesque idols and fetiches were sometimes taken out of their temples and carried abroad in golden chariots to be displayed to the multitude.
Bizarre destaca-se dentre as publicacoes eroticas de seu tempo pelo pioneirismo na maneira de abordar os fetiches e o sadomasoquismo: em comparacao com os periodicos que tratavam desses temas--sobretudo os publicados na Inglaterra ao menos desde 1861, que atingiam principalmente o mundo anglo-saxao e europeu, como Englishwomans' Domestic Magazine, Photo Bits e London Life--, a revista de John Willie era decididamente mais ousada em seus textos e imagens.
En tenues deconcertantes, ils revetent les costumes de leurs personnages fetiches. Leurs mouvements et leur imagination debordante sont une des attractions du festival.
The topics include the politics of praise: academic culture and viceregal power in late colonial Peru, performing history: harlequinades of the French Revolution on the popular London stage, fetishism and figurism in Charles de Brosses' Du culte des dieux fetiches: natural historical facts and historical fictions, capitalism and its others:intersecting and competing forms in 18th-century fiction, optical illusions: seeing clearly in Rousseau's Reveried du promeneur solitaire, and the mirror and the construction of the female self in 18th-century Spain.