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n. Archaic
Variant of fetish.

fet′ich·ism n.

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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)
paraphilia - abnormal sexual activity
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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.
In order to keep the process signifying, to avoid foundering in an "unsayable" without limits, and thus posit the subject of a practice, the subject of poetic language clings to the help fetichism offers.
And she explained that men can feel "intimidated" by the growing interest in Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) and fetichism.