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. In psychiatry, a pedophile is a person 16 years old or older who is sexually attracted mostly or only to prepubescent children.


Usage notes[change]

  • Although medically defined as described in the above definition, pedophile is usually used outside of the medical field as describing adults who engage in sexual activity with children below the age of majority.