What is another word for fetishism?

Pronunciation: [fˈɛtɪʃˌɪzəm] (IPA)

Fetishism is an attribute of human behaviour where an inanimate object or a part of the body is considered to have magical or supernatural powers. Synonyms for fetishism include the following: obsession, fixation, mania, preoccupation, infatuation, fascination and addiction. These words are used to describe a strong emotional attachment or dependency on an object, idea or person beyond reason. Fetishism typically stems from deep psychological and emotional needs, which are often unconscious and rooted in childhood experiences. It can manifest in various forms, such as sexual fetishism, religious fetishism, cultural fetishism and so on. Regardless of the form it takes, fetishism is a complex and often misunderstood behaviour that requires a sensitive and non-judgmental approach to understand and address.

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What are the hypernyms for Fetishism?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.
  • Other hypernyms:

    kink, paraphilia, BDSM, sexual obsession, sexual fixation, para-erotism.

Usage examples for Fetishism

Every other code of morals, having in view a different purpose supporting itself on metaphysical lucubrations or haunted by puerile anxieties, such as the adoration of beasts, appears to me to bear the stamp of fetishism.
"The Pros and Cons of Vivisection"
Charles Richet Commentator: W. D. Halliburton
But under penalty of falling into fetishism, we must not fear to use the life of these beings in order to prolong the life of man.
"The Pros and Cons of Vivisection"
Charles Richet Commentator: W. D. Halliburton
It is not, however, my object in this paper to trace the history of this theory from its first rude beginnings in fetishism to its final development in Theism.
"Thoughts on Religion"
George John Romanes

Famous quotes with Fetishism

  • Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life, and our fiction should reflect that.
    Rick Moody
  • To demonize state authoritarianism while ignoring identical albeit contract-consecrated subservient arrangements in the large-scale corporations which control the world economy is fetishism at its worst.
    Bob Black
  • Comparative theology is a two-edged weapon, and has so proved itself. But the Christian advocates, unabashed by evidence, force comparison in the serenest way; Christian legends and dogmas, they say, do somewhat resemble the heathen, it is true; but see, while the one teaches us the existence, powers, and attributes of an all-wise, all-good Father-God, Brahmanism gives us a multitude of minor gods, and Buddhism none whatever; one is fetishism and polytheism, the other bald atheism. Jehovah is the one true God, and the Pope and Martin Luther are His prophets! This is one edge of the sword, and this the other: Despite missions, despite armies, despite enforced commercial intercourse, the "heathen" find nothing in the teachings of Jesus — sublime though some are — that Christna and Gautama had not taught them before. And so, to gain over any new converts, and keep the few already won by centuries of cunning, the Christians give the "heathen" dogmas more absurd than their own, and cheat them by adopting the habit of their native priests, and practicing the very "idolatry and fetishism" which they so disparage in the "heathens." Comparative theology works both ways.
    Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
  • Kantians, of course, will think that I have lost the plot from the start, and that only confusion can result from failure to make these essential, utterly fundamental divisions between “is” and “ought,” fact and value, or the descriptive and the normative, in as rigorous and systematic a way as possible, just as I think they have fallen prey to a kind of fetishism, attributing to a set of human conceptual invention a significance they do not have. … In some contexts, a relative distinction between the facts and human valuations of those facts, or norms, might be perfectly useful. But the division makes sense only relative to the context, and can’t be extracted from that context, promoted, and declared to have absolute standing.
    Raymond Geuss

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