pedophilia

noun
pe·​do·​phil·​ia | \ ˌpe-də-ˈfi-lē-ə, ˌpē- \

Definition of pedophilia

: sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object specifically : a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child

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Other Words from pedophilia

pedophiliac \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈfi-​lē-​ˌak , ˌpē-​ \ or pedophilic \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈfi-​lik , ˌpē-​ \ adjective

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Nathan Larson, a man who advocates pedophilia, white supremacy and rape is running for Congress. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Nathan Larson is a pedophile and a white supremacist. And he's running for Congress," 1 June 2018 He was also disowned by parts of the conservative movement after video clips showed him making statements apparently supportive of pedophilia. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned," 5 Dec. 2018 Perrault, a one-time pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Albuquerque, is one of many priests sent to New Mexico in the 1960s from around the country for treatment involving pedophilia. Fox News, "Priest who fled America blamed sex abuse on cancer he didn't have, officials say," 26 Sep. 2018 Perrault, a one-time pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Albuquerque, is one of many priests sent to New Mexico in the 1960s from around the country for treatment involving pedophilia. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Priest accused of child sex abuse behind bars pending trial," 25 Sep. 2018 According to a police report, on June 29 a cybertip came in to the task force that a social media user had been in chat rooms discussing pedophilia. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He entered a chat room saying he was raising nudist kids. He has no kids, cops say.," 6 July 2018 Trump mocked the #MeToo movement, endorsed a man accused of pedophilia, and supported a former staffer accused of domestic violence. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "The New York Times’ Anonymous Op-Ed Writer Isn’t Helping Anyone," 7 Sep. 2018 Also a former judge, Venckiene is viewed by some Lithuanians as a heroine for exposing a seedy criminal network, but others see her as a manipulator who fabricated the pedophilia claims. Washington Post, "US judge refuses to halt extradition of Lithuanian ex-judge," 12 July 2018 Australian state governments are ramping up pressure on the church to report child abuse and are legislating to prosecute priests who maintain that revelations of pedophilia made in the confessional cannot be disclosed. Rod Mcguirk, chicagotribune.com, "Australian bishop sentenced to year's detention for cover-up," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of pedophilia

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedophilia

New Latin

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pedophilia

noun
pe·​do·​phil·​ia | \ ˌpēd-ə-ˈfil-ē-ə, ˌped- \
variants: or chiefly British paedophilia \ ˌpēd-​ \

Medical Definition of pedophilia

: sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object

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Nglish: Translation of pedophilia for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of pedophilia for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about pedophilia

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