pedophile

[ ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh- ]
/ ˈpɛd əˌfaɪl or, esp. British, ˈpi də- /
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noun Psychiatry.

an adult who is sexually attracted to young children.
Also especially British, pae·do·phile [pee-duh-fahyl] /ˈpi dəˌfaɪl/. Also pedophiliac.

Origin of pedophile

1950–55; pedo-1 + -phile, or directly < Greek paidóphilos ‘loving children’
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Word Origin and History for pedophile

pedophile


n.

1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

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