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fetish

noun [C] uk   /ˈfet.ɪʃ/ us    /ˈfet̬-/

fetish noun [C] (INTEREST)

psychology a sexual interest in an object or a part of the body other than the sexual organs: a rubber/foot fetish He has a fetish about/for high heels.Sexual activity in generalPhysical and sexual assault and abduction psychology an activity or object that you are so interested in that you spend an unreasonable amount of time thinking about it or doing it: She makes a fetish of organization - it's quite obsessive. He has a fetish for/about cleanliness.Continually thinking about

fetish noun [C] (RELIGIOUS OBJECT)

specialized religion an object that is worshipped in some societies because it is believed to have a spirit or special magical powersReligious objects
fetishism
noun [U] uk   /-ɪ.ʃɪ.zəm/ us  
fetishistic
adjective uk   /ˌfet.ɪˈʃɪs.tɪk/ us    /ˌfet̬-/
fetishistic religionsReligious beliefs and atheistic beliefsRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
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