[ped-uh-fil-ee-uh or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
- sexual desire in an adult for a child.
Origin of pedophilia
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Examples from the Web for pedophilia
If he says something overtly contentious on Twitter about rape and pedophilia, what does he expect?Atheist King Richard Dawkins’ Rape Fantasy
July 31, 2014
He did not apologize for his comments on gays, which include suggesting that they were “filthy” and prone to pedophilia and AIDS.10 GOP Rebranding Roadblocks
January 30, 2014
According to Uittenborgaard, pedophilia is not only about sex.Dutch Court Says Pedophilia Advocacy Group Martijn Can Continue
April 5, 2013
“Benedict may not have quit because of the pedophilia scandals or any other specific controversy,” says Vatican expert John Allen.Conspiracy Theories: Why Did the Pope Really Quit?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 15, 2013
The Beeb flubbed a pedophilia story with a case of mistaken identity.BBC Critics Cry Witch Hunt in Newsnight Child-Abuse Report
November 14, 2012
- a variant spelling (esp US) of paedophilia
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Word Origin and History for pedophilia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children.
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