pedophile

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK)
    • enPR: pĕd'ə-fīl'
    • IPA: /ˈpi.dəˌfaɪl/
  • (US)
    • IPA: /ˈpɛdəfaɪl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pe‧do‧phile

Noun[change]

Singular
pedophile

Plural
pedophiles

  1. A pedophile is a person who is sexually attracted to prepubescent children.
  2. In American psychiatry, a pedophile is a person attracted primarily to prepubescent children.

Usage notes[change]

  • Although strictly defined as one who is attracted to pre-pubescent children, pedophile is usually used and interpreted as describing adults who engage in sexual activity with children and/or teenagers below the age of consent.