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[ped-uh-ras-tee, pee-duh-]
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  1. sexual relations between two males, especially when one of them is a minor.
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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
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sometimes paederasty

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

Word Origin

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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