[syn: fetish, fetich]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fetich \Fe"tich\, Fetish \Fe"tish\, n.[F. f['e]tiche, from Pg.
feiti?o, adj., n., sorcery, charm, fr. L. facticius made by
art, artifical, factitious. See Factitious.]
1. A material object supposed among certain African tribes to
represent in such a way, or to be so connected with, a
supernatural being, that the possession of it gives to the
possessor power to control that being.
2. Any object to which one is excessively devoted. fetichism
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
[syn: juju, voodoo, hoodoo, fetish, fetich]
2: excessive or irrational devotion to some activity; "made a
fetish of cleanliness" [syn: fetish, fetich]