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


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

Origin of pederasty

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

Related forms

ped·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 Forms

pederastic 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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