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[ped-uh-fil-ee-uh or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
noun Psychiatry.
  1. sexual desire in an adult for a child.
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Origin of pedophilia

From New Latin, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at pedo-1, -philia
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British Dictionary definitions for pedophilia


  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of paedophilia
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Word Origin and History for pedophilia


1900, from Greek pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-) + philos "loving" see -phile). First attested in an abstract of a report by Krafft-Ebing.

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pedophilia in Medicine


(pĕd′ə-fĭlē-ə, pē′də-)
  1. The act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children.
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Related formspedo•phile′ (-fīl′) n.ped′o•phili•ac′ (-fĭlē-ăk′) adj. n.
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