[ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh-]

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’ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pedophile

1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper