1. An object that is believed to have magical or spiritual powers, especially such an object associated with animistic or shamanistic religious practices.
2. An object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence: made a fetish of punctuality.
3. Something, such as a material object or nonsexual part of the body, that arouses sexual desire and may become necessary for sexual gratification.
4. An abnormally obsessive preoccupation or attachment; a fixation.
[French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, artificial, charm, from Latin factīcius, artificial; see FACTITIOUS.]
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a Native American bear fetish, believed to have spiritual powers
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