pedophilia

noun
pe·​do·​phil·​ia | \ ˌpe-də-ˈfi-lē-ə How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) , ˌpē- How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) \

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

Other Words from pedophilia

pedophiliac \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈfi-​lē-​ˌak How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) , ˌpē-​ \ or pedophilic \ ˌpe-​də-​ˈfi-​lik How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) , ˌpē-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of pedophilia

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedophilia

New Latin

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“Pedophilia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedophilia. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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pedophilia

noun
pe·​do·​phil·​ia | \ ˌped-ə-ˈfil-ē-ə How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) , ˌpēd- How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British paedophilia \ ˌpēd-​ How to pronounce pedophilia (audio) \

Medical 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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