Fte(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fting.] [Cf. F. fter.] To feast; to honor with a festival.
Fe"tish(?), n. }[F. ftiche, from Pg. feitio, 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.
2. Any object to which one is excessively devoted.
Fe"tish*ism(? ?); 277), n. }[Cf. F. ftichisme.]
2. Excessive devotion to one object or one idea; abject superstition; blind adoration.
The real and absolute worship of fire falls into two great divisions, the first belonging rather to fetichism, the second to polytheism proper.Tylor.
Fe"tish*ist, n. } A believer in fetiches.
He was by nature a fetichist.H. Holbeach.
Fe`tish*is"tic, a.} Pertaining to, or involving, fetichism.
A man of the fifteenth century, inheriting its strange web of belief and unbelief, of epicurean levity and fetichistic dread.G. Eliot.
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