pedophile

[ ped-uh-fahyl or, especially British, pee-duh- ]
/ ˈpɛd əˌfaɪl or, especially British, ˈpi də- /

noun Psychiatry.

an adult who is sexually attracted to young children.

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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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