fetish vs hoodoo what difference

what is difference between fetish and hoodoo


Alternative forms

  • fetich (dated [18th c.–present])


Borrowed from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, from Latin factīcius (artificial). Doublet of factitious.


  • (UK, US) enPR: fĕtʹĭsh, fēʹtĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈfɛt.ɪʃ/, /ˈfiː.tɪʃ/


fetish (plural fetishes)

  1. Something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman. [from the early 17th c.]
  2. Sexual attraction to or arousal at something abnormally sexual or nonsexual, such as an object or a nonsexual part of the body. [from the early 19th c.]
    Synonym: paraphilia
  3. An irrational, or abnormal fixation or preoccupation; an obsession. [from the 19th c.]
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London (Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition), chapter XXII, page 117:
      We have a feeling that it must be “honest” work, because it is hard and disagreeable, and we have made a sort of fetish of manual work.

Derived terms

  • fet
  • fetishism
  • fetishist
  • fetishistic
  • fetishize
  • fetishlike
  • fetishwear



  • feiths, thiefs



Apparently an alteration of voodoo.


hoodoo (countable and uncountable, plural hoodoos)

  1. (chiefly US) A practitioner of voodoo.
  2. (chiefly US) Supernatural bad luck, or something or someone believed to bring bad luck.
  3. (geology) A tall thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of arid basins and badlands.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 71:
      It was even larger than the mirage made it look—a dozen miles across and a thousand feet deep, with fins and towers and hoodoos like observation posts, mesas and minor buttes, springs flowing brightly in the red rock.


  • (spire of rock): tent rock, fairy chimney, earth pyramid



hoodoo (third-person singular simple present hoodoos, present participle hoodooing, simple past and past participle hoodooed)

  1. (transitive) To jinx; to bring bad luck or misfortune to.


  • “hoodoo”, Bill Casselman

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