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n. Archaic
Variant of fetish.

fet′ich·ism n.
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fetishism, fetichism

Psychiatry. the compulsive use of some object or part of the body as a sexual stimulus, as a shoe, underclothes, a lock of hair, etc. — fetishist, fetichist, n. — fetishistic, fetichistic, adj.
See also: Sex
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Noun1.fetichism - a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
belief - any cognitive content held as true
2.fetichism - sexual arousal or gratification resulting from handling a fetish (or a specific part of the body other than the sexual organs)
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I subjected myself to an objective examination, I discovered my blackness, my ethnic characteristics; and I was battered down by tom-toms, cannibalism, intellectual deficiency, fetichism, racial defects, slave-ships, and above all: "Sho good eatin" (Fanon 112).
Indeed, the "African fetichism" and folklore from which Chesnutt drew inspiration was concerned not only with physical objects--the roots, charms, and dolls used for conjure--but also with what we might call human objects: individuals who are transformed, via conjuration, into inhuman forms (2012c, 199).
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It is only in the circle where the influence of the Christian missions is felt that fetichism has lost credit, and this fact indicates to us the remedy of evils of which we have only been able to give a faint idea.