pedophilia

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /piːdəˈfɪlɪə/
  • enPR: păd'ə-fĭl'ē-ə
  • Hyphenation: pe‧do‧phil‧ia

Noun[change]

Singular
pedophilia

Plural
pedophilias

  1. In general use, pedophilia is an adult's sexual act against or sexual attraction to a minor.
    Pedophilia causes problems in children who are victims of it.
    Pedophilia sometimes is the pedophile's only sexual attraction, but sometimes exists alongside normal attraction to other adults.

Usage notes[change]

  • Although in general use pedophilia means any adult sexual attraction to or sexual act against any minor, in psychiatry it means more specifically an adult with a mental disorder characterized by his being sexually attracted mostly or only to prepubescent children.