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pedophile

[ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. an adult who is sexually attracted to young children.
Also especially British, pae·do·phile [pee-duh-fahyl] /ˈpi dəˌfaɪl/.Also pedophiliac.

Origin of pedophile

1950–55; pedo-1 + -phile, or directly < Greek paidóphilos ‘loving children’
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British Dictionary definitions for paedophile

paedophile

esp US pedophile

noun
  1. a person who is sexually attracted to children
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Word Origin and History for paedophile

n.

see pedophile; also cf. pedo-.

pedophile

n.

1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

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