pe·​do·​phile | \ ˈpe-də-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce pedophile (audio) , ˈpē- How to pronounce pedophile (audio) \

Definition of pedophile

: one affected with pedophilia

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The question is whether pedophiles should be allowed to live in society or incarcerated for life. WSJ, "Deal With the Priests Who Molest the Young," 25 Jan. 2019 Some talks are held in elusive corners of the dark web, but pedophiles are not necessarily the most technologically adept. NBC News, "Cheap tech and widespread internet access fuel rise in cybersex trafficking," 30 June 2018 By then, the archdiocese knew well that Fathers McGreal and Conn, the two priests assigned to Queen of Angels Parish in that town, were pedophiles, Pfau said. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archdiocese pays nearly $7 million to settle men’s claims that six priests abused them as boys," 13 Nov. 2018 The molestation of a child by a pedophile is rape and needs to be characterized as such without euphemizing the act by calling it abuse. WSJ, "Deal With the Priests Who Molest the Young," 25 Jan. 2019 But the feature has been mired in controversy since its June 2017 launch, with the police warning it could be used by pedophiles to stalk children. Saqib Shah, Fox News, "Snapchat slammed as 'racist' for showing 'Jewtropolis' as a location," 30 Aug. 2018 Records show that, as early as the late 1950s, Connolly and other high-ranking clergy in Seattle knew Cody was a pedophile, but continually moved him from parish to parish as complaints against him emerged. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archdiocese pays nearly $7 million to settle men’s claims that six priests abused them as boys," 13 Nov. 2018 Here’s what happened: On Tuesday, BuzzFeed News published emails from Musk doubling down on his insistence that one of the Thai cave rescuers was indeed a pedophile who had moved to Thailand to take a child bride. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Elon Musk’s week of pot smoking and wild emails, explained," 8 Sep. 2018 In spite of the campaign to paint Gunn as an actual pedophile, many people believed the implicating jokes, some a full decade old, no longer reflect Gunn as a person — and the director had already apologized for them years ago to boot. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Despite backlash, Disney confirms it won’t rehire James Gunn," 16 Aug. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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pe·​do·​phile | \ ˈped-ə-ˌfīl How to pronounce pedophile (audio) , ˈpēd- How to pronounce pedophile (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British paedophile \ ˈpēd-​ How to pronounce paedophile (audio) \

Medical Definition of pedophile

: one affected with pedophilia

called also pedophiliac

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