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[ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh-] /ˈpɛd əˌfaɪl or, esp. British, ˈpi də-/
noun, Psychiatry.
an adult who is sexually attracted to young children.
Also, especially British, paedophile [pee-duh-fahyl] /ˈpi dəˌfaɪl/ (Show IPA).
Also, pedophiliac.
Origin of pedophile
1950-55; pedo-1 + -phile, or directly < Greek paidóphilos ‘loving children’ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pedophile
  • This man was a pedophile and continued until old age.
  • There's nobody in the chat rooms but pedophiles and undercover police.
  • Instead, they made him almost into a comically evil pedophile.
  • Then, in 1992, the case of another pedophile came to national attention.
  • And: it was not the society that brought him down, it was his own freakish life style and his pedophile acts.
British Dictionary definitions for pedophile


a person who is sexually attracted to children
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Word Origin and History for pedophile

1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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