ped·​er·​ast | \ ˈpe-də-ˌrast How to pronounce pederast (audio) \

Definition of pederast

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

Other Words from pederast

pederastic \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈra-​stik How to pronounce pederast (audio) \ adjective
pederasty \ ˈpe-​də-​ˌra-​stē How to pronounce pederast (audio) \ noun

Examples of pederast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Activists say that anything that helps prosecute pederasts would be a welcome tool. Julia Scheeres, WIRED, 4 June 2002 Think of convicted pederast Jerry Sandusky, whose Second Mile foundation—cited as one of President Bush's 1,000 points of light in a 1990 letter of commendation—put him continually in the presence of young boys. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, 30 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of pederast

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pederast

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

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“Pederast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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ped·​er·​ast | \ ˈped-ə-ˌrast How to pronounce pederast (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British paederast \ ˈpēd-​ How to pronounce pederast (audio) \

Medical Definition of pederast

: one that practices pederasty

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Nglish: Translation of pederast for Spanish Speakers


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