The act of worshipping or using for sexual arousal and gratification that which is regarded as a fetish.

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fe·tish·ism also fe·tich·ism -ish-.iz-əm n the pathological displacement of erotic interest and satisfaction to a fetish
fe·tish·is·tic also fe·tich·is·tic .fet-ish-'is-tikalso .fēt- adj
fe·tish·is·ti·cal·ly -ti-k(ə-)lē adv

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sexual attraction to an inappropriate object (known as a fetish). This may be a part of the body (e.g. the foot or the hair), clothing (e.g. underwear or shoes), or other objects (e.g. leather handbags or rubber sheets). In all these cases the fetish has replaced the normal object of sexual love, in some cases to the point at which sexual relationships with another person are impossible or are possible only if the fetish is either present or fantasized. Treatment can involve psychotherapy or behaviour therapy using aversion therapy and masturbatory conditioning of desirable sexual behaviour. See also sexual deviation.

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fet·ish·ism (fetґish-iz-əm) [DSM-IV] a paraphilia characterized by recurrent, intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies of the use of inanimate objects (fetishes), most commonly articles of feminine clothing such as shoes, earrings, or undergarments, as a preferred or necessary adjunct to sexual arousal or orgasm. fetishist n

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  • Fetishism — Fetish Fe tish, n., Fetishism Fe tish*ism (? or ?; 277), n., Fetishistic Fe tish*is tic, a. See {Fetich}, n., {Fetichism}, n., {Fetichistic}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fetishism — [[t]fe̱tɪʃɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Fetishism involves a person having a strong liking or need for a particular object or activity which gives them sexual pleasure and excitement …   English dictionary

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