[ ped-uh-ras-tee, pee-duh- ]
/ ˈpɛd əˌræs ti, ˈpi də- /


sexual relations between two males, especially when one of them is a minor.

Nearby words

  1. peddler,
  2. peddlery,
  3. peddling,
  4. peddlingly,
  5. pederast,
  6. pedernales,
  7. pedes,
  8. pedesis,
  9. pedestal,
  10. pedestal table

Origin of pederasty

1605–15; < New Latin pederastia < Greek paiderastía love of boys. See pederast, -y3

Related formsped·er·as·tic, adjectiveped·er·as·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pederasty


sometimes paederasty

/ (ˈpɛdəˌræstɪ) /


homosexual relations between men and boys
Derived Formspederastic or sometimes paederastic, adjective

Word Origin for pederasty

C17: from New Latin paederastia, from Greek, from pais boy + erastēs lover, from eran to love

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Word Origin and History for pederasty



"sodomy of a man with a boy," c.1600, from French pédérastie or directly from Modern Latin pæderastia, from Greek paiderastia "love of boys," from paiderastes "pederast, lover of boys," from pais (genitive paidos) "child, boy" (see pedo-) + erastes "lover," from erasthai "to love" (see Eros).

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