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Meaning of fetishism

fet•ish•ism

Pronunciation: (fet'i-shiz"um, fē'ti-), [key]
— n.
  1. belief in or use of fetishes.
  2. the compulsive use of some object, or part of the body, as a stimulus in the course of attaining sexual gratification, as a shoe, a lock of hair, or underclothes.
  3. blind devotion: a fetishism of sacrifice to one's children.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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