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[ped-uh-rast, pee-duh-]
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  1. a person who engages in pederasty.
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Origin of pederast

1720–30; < Greek paiderastḗs lover of boys, equivalent to paid- (stem of paîs) boy, child + erastḗs lover, equivalent to eras-, stem of erân to love + -tēs agent noun suffix
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Historical Examples

  • The boté is not a pederast, although pederasty occurs among these Indians.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)

    Havelock Ellis

  • The terms "paiderastia" and "pederast" are sometimes used to indicate the same act and agent.

British Dictionary definitions for pederast


sometimes paederast

  1. a man who practises pederasty
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Word Origin and History for pederast


1730s, from French pédéraste, from Latin paederasta, from Greek paiderastes "a lover of boys" (see pederasty).

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pederast in Medicine


  1. A man who has sexual relations, especially anal intercourse, with a boy.
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Related formspeder•as′ty n.
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pederast in Culture



A man who engages in anal intercourse with boys.

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