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[ ped-uh-rast, pee-duh- ]
/ ˈpɛd əˌræst, ˈpi də- /


a person who engages in pederasty.

Nearby words

peddle, peddler, peddlery, peddling, peddlingly, pederast, pederasty, pedernales, pedes, pedesis, pedestal

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pederast

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for pederast


sometimes paederast

/ (ˈpɛdəˌræst) /


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pederast


[ pĕdə-răst′ ]


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


[ (ped-uh-rast) ]

A man who engages in anal intercourse with boys.

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