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pedophilia

play
noun pe·do·phil·ia \ˌpe-də-ˈfi-lē-ə, ˌpē-\

Simple Definition of pedophilia

  • : sexual feelings or activities that involve children

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pedophilia

  1. :  sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object

pedophiliac play \-ˈfi-lē-ˌak\ or pedophilic play \-ˈfi-lik\ adjective

Origin of pedophilia

New Latin


First Known Use: 1906


Medical Dictionary

pedophilia

play play
noun pe·do·phil·ia \ˌpēd-ə-ˈfil-ē-ə, ˌped-\

Medical Definition of pedophilia

  1. :  sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object



Variants of pedophilia

or chiefly British paedophilia \ˌpēd-\play


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