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ephebophile Syllabification: ephebophile
Pronunciation: /əˈfēbōˌfīl/

Definition of ephebophile in English:


An adult who is sexually attracted to adolescents.
Example sentences
  • Abusers of teenagers, as opposed to children, are known as ephebophiles.
  • Most of the abusers are technically ephebophiles—that is, they abuse adolescents rather than children.
  • The more common child molesters are properly termed ephebophiles, adults who involve themselves sexually with postpubescent children.


Example sentences
  • Sexual attraction to male adolescents is technically called "ephebophilia."
  • He has written widely on the topics of pedophilia and ephebophilia, or sexual interest in adolescents.
  • Unlike pedophilia, ephebophilia can be effectively treated if the victimizer is open and willing to change.


1960s: from Greek ephēbos 'adolescent boy' (see ephebe) + -phile.

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