[ ped-uh-fil-ee-uh or, esp. British, pee-duh- ]
/ ˌpɛd əˈfɪl i ə or, esp. British, ˌpi də- /

noun Psychiatry.

sexual desire in an adult for a child.

Origin of pedophilia

From New Latin, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at pedo-1, -philia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pedophilia

/ (ˌpiːdəʊˈfɪlɪə) /


a variant spelling (esp US) of paedophilia
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Medical definitions for pedophilia

[ pĕd′ə-fĭlē-ə, pē′də- ]


The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children.

Other words from pedophilia

pedo•phile′ (-fīl′) n.ped′o•phili•ac′ (-fĭlē-ăk′) adj. n.
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