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

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Other Words from pedophilia

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

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And while there were more investigations into incidents of pedophilia than in previous years, seven out of 10 cases ended up being shut down without an indictment. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "Child advocates blast systemic failures in Israel’s handling of sex abuse cases," 2 July 2019 At the request of a congressional candidate’s campaign, the San Joaquin County sheriff’s office doctored the image of a man arrested in a pedophilia sting — a move the sheriff now says was a mistake. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Sheriff alters image from pedophile bust at Turlock candidate’s request," 19 June 2019 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 Gunn’s tweets, many of which were about molestation or pedophilia, were indefensible. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of pedophilia was in 1906

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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 paedophilia (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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More from Merriam-Webster on pedophilia

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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