sexual predator

[ sek-shoo-uhl pred-uh-ter, -tawr ]


  1. a person who repeatedly commits sexual assault or other sex-related crimes, often targeting a specific type of victim:

    A sexual predator has been jailed for 13 years for his involvement in a child sex-trafficking ring.

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Other Words From

  • sex·u·al pre·da·tion [sek, -shoo-, uh, l pri-, dey, -sh, uh, n], noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sexual predator1

First recorded in 1965–70

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Example Sentences

“Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator,” Tom Scocca wrote at Gawker back in February.

Allowing a sexual predator to roam unchecked in your midst is a hell of a lot worse than screwing up a scoop.

So how does this machine know the difference between an unwanted sexual predator and, say, a boyfriend?

They apparently allowed a sexual predator to go about his business under their watch—and with the use of their facilities.


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