pe·​do·​phile | \ ˈpe-də-ˌfī(-ə)l, ˈpē- \

Definition of pedophile

: one affected with pedophilia

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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 The interaction between a pedophile and a facilitator with access to children starts with a chat. NBC News, "Cheap tech and widespread internet access fuel rise in cybersex trafficking," 30 June 2018 Zach Gibson/Getty Images This latest development adds to a long list of weird antics from Musk, who is also being sued for defamation after calling a diver a pedophile. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Elon Musk’s tweet about taking Tesla private has triggered a federal lawsuit," 27 Sep. 2018 Other tweets have been bizarre and inappropriate, such as accusing a diver trying to rescue children in Thailand of being a pedophile. Rani Molla, Recode, "10 charts that sum up 2018 (so far)," 13 Aug. 2018 Decades-long pedophile scandals and systematic cover-ups have stained the Catholic Church's reputation. Fox News, "Pope: new bishop replaces convicted Australian cleric," 3 June 2018 Paterno feebly said in 2012, and because he couldn’t be bothered to figure it out, the pedophile Sandusky roamed free for nine more years. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Like Penn State with Sandusky, Michigan State failed to stop Nassar," 22 Jan. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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pe·​do·​phile | \ ˈpēd-ə-ˌfīl, ˈped- \
variants: or chiefly British paedophile \ ˈpēd-​ \

Medical Definition of pedophile

: one affected with pedophilia

called also pedophiliac

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