Complete Definition of "paedophilia"

English

Etymology
From Gk. ÏαιδοÏιλια (paidophilia) < ÏÎ±Î¹Ï (pais, âchildâ) + Ïιλια (-philia|philia, âlove or friendshipâ)

Pronunciation
AHD|/pÄd'É-fÄ­l'Ä-É/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɪliÉ|-ɪliÉ

Alternative spellings
i|U.S. pedophilia
pædophilia

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. sexual feelings directed towards children (OED). A paraphilia consisting of a primary adult sexual attraction to prepubescent children (DSM-IV: Over a period of at least six months, recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children)

Usage notes
The term paedophilia is often used to describe the behavior of adults sexually involved with minors below the age of consent (commonly termed as child molestation and child sexual abuse).

Translations
Dutch: Pedofiel
Finnish: pedofilia
German: Pädophilie

Related terms
pedophile
paedophile
hebephilia
pederast

Category:Greek root Ïιλ
Category:Pedophilia

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