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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Brodie is living in a seaside village, hanging out with his teenage son and taking a few easy jobs: following an unfaithful husband, tracking a possible pedophile online. Jim Kiest,, "12 new books for your summer reading list," 5 June 2019 The church sent Perrault to New Mexico in the 1960s for treatment at a center for pedophile priests. Mary Hudetz, The Seattle Times, "Fugitive priest accused of abusing boy faces trial," 30 Mar. 2019 Cruz suffered abuse from notorious pedophile and priest Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011 of abusing dozens of minors over decades. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Gay man says Pope Francis told him 'God made you like this' and 'it doesn't matter'," 21 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of pedophile

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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