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

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see pedophilia; also cf. pedo-.
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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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