What Is Fetish?


A fetish is an extremely strong devotion to something. There are sexual fetishes and nonsexual fetishes: both are obsessive interests.

The most common use of the word fetish is probably the sexual meaning. Someone with a foot fetish is abnormally interested in feet and gets sexual pleasure from seeing, being around, and even thinking about feet. There are probably thousands of sexual fetishes, most of which are too inappropriate to write about here. A non-sexual fetish is just an excessive interest in something, like a football fan who lives and breathes everything NFL.

a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body

“common male fetishes are breasts, legs, hair, shoes, and underwear”
Type of:
concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
a desire for sexual intimacy

excessive or irrational devotion to some activity

“made a fetish of cleanliness”
Type of:
commitment to some purpose

a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers

fetich, hoodoo, juju, voodoo
Type of:
charm, good luck charm
something believed to bring good luck

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