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fet·ish·ize

(fĕt′ĭ-shīz′)
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.
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fetishize

(ˈfɛtɪʃˌaɪz) ,

fetishise

or

fetichize

vb
(Psychology) (tr) to be excessively or irrationally devoted to (an object, activity, etc)
ˌfetishiˈzation, ˌfetishiˈsation n
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fet•ish•ize

(ˈfɛt ɪˌʃaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to make a fetish of.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fetishize - make a fetish of
adore - love intensely; "he just adored his wife"
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