fetish


fetish
[17] Fetish is a doublet of factitious: that is to say, the two words have a common origin, but have subsequently diverged widely. Both come ultimately from Latin factītius ‘made by art’, an adjective derived from the past participle of facere ‘do, make’ (whence English effect, fact, fashion, among a host of other related words). Its Portuguese descendant, feitiço, was used as a noun meaning ‘charm, sorcery’. French took this over as fétiche and passed it on to English, where it was used in the concrete sense ‘charm, amulet’, particularly as worshipped by various West African peoples. ‘Object irrationally or obsessively venerated’ is a 19th-century semantic development. => EFFECT, FACT, FACTORY, FASHION
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   The object believed to have magical powers is so called, via French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, 'sorcery,' ultimately from Latin facticius, 'made by art' (English factitious).

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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