Pronunciation: (fet'i-shiz"um, fē'ti-), [key]
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.