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From pedo- +‎ -phile, after Ancient Greek παιδοφῐ́λης (paidophílēs) (from παῖς (paîs, boy, child) and φιλέω (philéō, I love)).



pedophile (plural pedophiles)

  1. An adult who is sexually attracted to children. [from 20th c.]
    • 1982, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Abstracts, volume 14‎, page 253:
      Apart from his sexual behavior, the pedophile is typically law abiding.
    • 1986, Patrick B. McGuigan & Jon S. Pascale, Crime and Punishment in Modern America‎, page 109:
      The pedophile, a particular type of child molester, is an adult whose conscious sexual interests and overt sexual behavior are directly either partially or exclusively toward children.

Usage notesEdit

  • In the US, the official psychiatric designation for pedophilic disorder (according to the DSM-5) is: "Over a period of at least six months, recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children."


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