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[ped-uh-fil-ee-uh or, esp. British, pee-duh-] /ˌpɛd əˈfɪl i ə or, esp. British, ˌpi də-/
noun, Psychiatry.
sexual desire in an adult for a child.
1905-10; < New Latin; see pedo-1, -philia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pedophilia


the condition of being sexually attracted to children
Derived Forms
paedophiliac, especially (US) pedophiliac, noun, adjective


a variant spelling (esp US) of paedophilia
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Word Origin and History for pedophilia

1900, from Greek pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-) + philos "loving" see -phile). First attested in an abstract of a report by Krafft-Ebing.

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pedophilia in Medicine

pedophilia ped·o·phil·i·a (pěd'ə-fĭl'ē-ə, pē'də-)
The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children.

ped'o·phile' (-fīl') n.
ped'o·phil'i·ac' (-fĭl'ē-āk') adj. & n.
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Encyclopedia Article for pedophilia

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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