pederasty

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek παιδεραστία (love of boys), from παιδεραστής (pederast), from παῖς (genitive παιδός) (child, son, boy) + ἐραστής (lover), from ἐράσθαι (to lοve), from ἐράω (to love passionately, to long for).

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  • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈpɛd.ɛ.rəs.ti/
  • (US): IPA(key): /ˈpɛd.ə.ræs.ti/, /ˈpi.də.ræs.ti/

Noun[edit]

pederasty (uncountable)

  1. Erotic love, sexually expressed or chaste, between a man and an adolescent boy.
  2. (archaic) Anal intercourse in general, usually between a man and an adolescent boy.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Originally referred to formal practices mandated by Greek customs and laws. Often used in a modern sense for either lawful or transgressive inter-generational love relationships.
  • Often used colloquially to describe relationships between adults and pre-pubescent children (see pedophilia).

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