ped·​er·​ast ˈpe-də-ˌrast How to pronounce pederast (audio)
: a man who desires or engages in sexual activity with a boy
pederastic adjective
pederasty noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pederast was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Pederast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



ped·​er·​ast ˈped-ə-ˌrast How to pronounce pederast (audio)
variants or chiefly British paederast
: one that practices pederasty

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