Paedophilia

World English Dictionary
paedophilia or pedophilia (ˌpiːdəʊˈfɪlɪə)
 
n
the condition of being sexually attracted to children
 
pedophilia or pedophilia
 
n
 
paedo'philiac or pedophilia
 
n, —adj
 
pedo'philiac or pedophilia
 
n, —adj

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paedophilia
see pedophilia; also cf. pedo-.
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paedophilia

psychosexual disorder in which an adult's arousal and sexual gratification occur primarily through sexual contact with prepubescent children. The typical pedophile is unable to find satisfaction in an adult sexual relationship and may have low self-esteem, seeing sexual activity with a child as less threatening than that with an adult. Most pedophiles are men; the condition is extremely rare in women.

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