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 general use, a pedophile is an adult who is sexually attracted to or commits sexual acts against a minor.

Usage notes[change]

  • Although in general use pedophile means any adult who is sexually attracted to or has sex with minors, in psychiatry it means more specifically an adult with a mental disorder characterized by his being sexually attracted mostly or only to prepubescent children.