ped·​er·​ast | \ ˈpe-də-ˌrast \

Definition of pederast

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

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Other Words from pederast

pederastic \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈra-​stik \ adjective
pederasty \ ˈpe-​də-​ˌra-​stē \ noun

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Activists say that anything that helps prosecute pederasts would be a welcome tool. Julia Scheeres, WIRED, "Solving Kid Porn’s ‘Real’ Problem," 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, "These Are Charity's Most Wanted," 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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ped·​er·​ast | \ ˈped-ə-ˌrast \
variants: or chiefly British paederast \ ˈpēd-​ \

Medical Definition of pederast

: one that practices pederasty

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