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pederast

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noun ped·er·ast \ˈpe-də-ˌrast\

Definition of pederast

  1. :  a man who desires or engages in sexual activity with a boy

pederastic play \ˌpe-də-ˈras-tik\ adjective
pederasty play \ˈpe-də-ˌras-tē\ noun


Origin of pederast

Greek paiderastēs, literally, lover of boys, from paid- ped- + erastēs lover, from erasthai to love — more at eros


First Known Use: 1638


Medical Dictionary

pederast

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noun ped·er·ast \ˈped-ə-ˌrast\

Medical Definition of pederast

  1. :  one that practices pederasty



Variants of pederast

or chiefly British paederast \ˈpēd-\play

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