[ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
- 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
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esp US pedophile
- a person who is sexually attracted to children
Word Origin and History for paedophile
1951, derived noun from pedophilia.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper