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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Spacey came out as gay in a public response to the accusations, igniting outrage that the actor would draw connections between homosexuality and pedophilia — a false argument that was historically used to support persecution of the gay community. Anna Millard,, "Kevin Spacey Accused Of Sexual Assault By 3 More Men," 4 July 2018 So far, research on pedophilia suggests that there may be key differences in areas of the brain related to impulse control between those who act on or resist pedophilic urges. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sex robots with health benefits are a giant tease, experts warn," 5 June 2018 Kincaid, a far-right activist, has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and has promoted conspiracy theories popular with fringe groups about Obama, including questioning if he was born in the United States. Andrew Kaczynski And Chris Massie, CNN, "John Bolton's chief of staff defended fringe anti-Muslim, far-right activists in online columns," 7 June 2018 The video of the performance, which saw the mother and daughter touching Schwartz's hand and feet and crawling around his body, was captured by a spectator and led to protests claiming the exhibit promotes pedophilia. Houston Chronicle, "On the go: Pub crawls and Vince Young signs autographs," 3 July 2018 Even worse, Ross, as well as a number of other fans and creators, noticed that ads for the Alliance Defending Freedom—an organization that has linked homosexuality to pedophilia—were running on LGBTQ videos. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "YouTube Will Help Creators Make Money With More Than Just Ads," 21 June 2018 Sexbot proponents, meanwhile, make similar claims regarding the potential beneficial treatments for pedophilia. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sex robots with health benefits are a giant tease, experts warn," 5 June 2018 Larson handed in 1,000 signatures supporting his candidacy, Maybe all of them hadn’t read up on his pedophilia beliefs, his court case in Colorado when he was denied all visitation with his young daughter. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Beelzebub on the ballot: Nathan Larson and the scary guys running for Congress," 4 June 2018 Some parents go as far as calling the scenes pedophilia grooming. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Parents are warning that 'Show Dogs' portrays sexual abuse and is not OK for kids," 22 May 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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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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