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 for fetish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fetich \Fe"tich\, Fetish \Fe"tish\, n.[F. f['e]tiche, from Pg.
     feiti?o, adj., n., sorcery, charm, fr. L. facticius made by
     art, artifical, factitious. See Factitious.]
     1. A material object supposed among certain African tribes to
        represent in such a way, or to be so connected with, a
        supernatural being, that the possession of it gives to the
        possessor power to control that being.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Any object to which one is excessively devoted. fetichism

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to
           an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or
           part of the body; "common male fetishes are breasts, legs,
           hair, shoes, and underwear"
      2: a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
         [syn: juju, voodoo, hoodoo, fetish, fetich]
      3: excessive or irrational devotion to some activity; "made a
         fetish of cleanliness" [syn: fetish, fetich]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  51 Moby Thesaurus words for "fetish":
     Baal, Juggernaut, amulet, bias, charm, compulsion, devil-god,
     fixation, fylfot, gammadion, golden calf, good-luck charm,
     graven image, hoodoo, idee fixe, idol, joss, juju, leaning,
     love charm, luck, lucky bean, lucky piece, madstone, mania, mascot,
     mumbo jumbo, obeah, obsession, partiality, penchant, periapt,
     philter, phylactery, predilection, prejudice, preoccupation,
     prepossession, proclivity, propensity, scarab, scarabaeus,
     scarabee, sudarium, swastika, talisman, thing, totem, veronica,
     voodoo, whammy

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