Pronunciation: (fet'i-shiz"um, fē'ti-),[key] —n. 1. belief in or use of fetishes.
2. Psychiatry.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.Also,fet'ich•ism.