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[ped-uh-fahyl or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
noun Psychiatry.
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for pedophile


1951, derived noun from pedophilia.

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