noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1906 sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object • pedophiliac or pedophilic adjective

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  • pedophilia — An abnormal obsession with children as sex objects. A person who acts upon this obsession, by molesting a child, taking explicit photographs, and performing other acts specified by law, is guilty of a crime. Category: Criminal Law Category: Small …   Law dictionary

  • pedophilia — 1905, from Gk. pais (gen. paidos) child (see PEDO (Cf. pedo )) + philos loving see PHILE (Cf. phile)). First attested in Havelock Ellis …   Etymology dictionary

  • pedophilia — [ped΄ə fil′ē ə, pē΄dəfil′ē ə] n. [ PEDO 1 + PHILIA] an abnormal condition in which an adult has a sexual desire for children …   English World dictionary

  • Pedophilia — This article is primarily about the sexual interest in prepubescent children. For the sexual act, see Child sexual abuse. For the primary sexual interest in 11–14 year old pubescents, see Hebephilia. For mid to late adolescents (15 19), see… …   Wikipedia

  • pedophilia — /pee deuh fil ee euh/, n. Psychiatry. sexual desire in an adult for a child. [1905 10; < NL; see PEDO 1, PHILIA] * * * ▪ sexual behaviour also spelled  Paedophilia,         psychosexual disorder in which an adult s arousal and sexual… …   Universalium

  • Pedophilia — Sexual fondness and activity of adults with children. Pedophilia is a form of paraphilia (deviant sexual behavior). Pedophilia is sexual child abuse. Child abuse comprises four basic types of mistreatment: child neglect, physical abuse of a child …   Medical dictionary

  • pedophilia — noun /piːdəˈfɪlɪə/ Sexual or erotic feelings or desires directed by adults towards children. Entire books have been written about the role of scandal in US politics (Garment, 1992). Offenses include smoking marijuana, hiring illegal aliens,… …   Wiktionary

  • pedophilia — noun a sexual attraction to children • Syn: ↑paedophilia • Hypernyms: ↑paraphilia * * * pedophilia etc., varr. pædophilia, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • pedophilia — ped|o|phi|li|a [ ,pedou fıliə ] noun uncount sexual desire for children in an adult …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pedophilia — [[t]pi͟ːdəfɪ̱liə[/t]] see paedophilia …   English dictionary

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