(Fête) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fêted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fêting.] [Cf. F. fêter.] To feast; to honor with a festival.
(Fe"tich, Fe"tish) n. [F. fétiche, from Pg. feitiço, 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"tich*ism, Fe"tish*ism) (? or ?); 277), n.[Cf. F. fétichisme.] [Written also feticism.]
1. The doctrine or practice of belief in fetiches.
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"tich*ist, Fe"tish*ist), n. A believer in fetiches.
He was by nature a fetichist.H. Holbeach.
(Fe`tich*is"tic 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.
(Fe"ti*cide) n. [Written also fticide.] [Fetus + L. caedere to kill.] (Med. & Law) The act of
killing the fetus in the womb; the offense of procuring an abortion.
(Fe"ti*cism) n. See Fetichism.