pedophile

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pedometrically,
  2. pedomorph,
  3. pedomorphism,
  4. pedomorphosis,
  5. pedon,
  6. pedophilia,
  7. pedophiliac,
  8. pedophilic,
  9. pedorthics,
  10. pedro

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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Word Origin and History for paedophiliac

pedophile

n.

1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper