[ped-uh-ras-tee, pee-duh-]


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 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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Contemporary Examples of pederasty

  • And some forms of African sexual diversity, such as pederasty, are hardly models for contemporary morality.

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    Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay

    Jay Michaelson

    March 31, 2014

Historical Examples of pederasty

British Dictionary definitions for pederasty


sometimes paederasty


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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