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pederasty Syllabification: ped·er·as·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈpedəˌrastē/

Definition of pederasty in English:


Sexual activity involving a man and a boy.
Example sentences
  • Remember, they were somebody's children just like you and me, despite their drug and alcohol dependency, alleged pederasty and other assorted acts of sexual deviance.
  • Is this really the equivalent of rape or pederasty?
  • Nonetheless, these are ambitious and stimulating books that address complicated issues such as the origins of naturalism or the nature of pederasty.


Pronunciation: /ˌpedəˈrastik/
Example sentences
  • No physical scene between the lovers is treated as vividly as the all-male bathing scene, so reminiscent of the pederastic bathing of Victorian homosexual writing and photography.
  • The pederastic relationship between a grown man and pubescent boy was considered absolutely healthy, while lust for a woman was heeded unnatural as women were required merely for reproduction purposes.
  • And I have to part company with the author when she proposes that this youth on the brink of man-hood is equated with the pederastic object of older male desire.


Early 17th century: from modern Latin paederastia, from Greek paiderastia, from pais, paid- 'boy' + erastēs 'lover'.

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