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A boy who has a sexual relationship with a man.

[Latin catamītus, from Catamītus, Ganymede, from Etruscan Catmite, from Greek Ganumēdēs.]


a boy kept for homosexual purposes
[C16: from Latin Catamītus, variant of Ganymēdēs Ganymede1]


(ˈkæt əˌmaɪt)

a boy or youth having a sexual relationship with a man.
[1585–95; < Latin Catamītus < Etruscan Catmite < Greek Ganymḗdēs Ganymede]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catamite - a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
boy, male child - a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
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Further down the same page, a catamite attacks with his buttocks
For instance, in one account, the catamite could be considered brave in the pursuit of pleasure by disregarding the conventions of manliness.
Even in the rare instances that the khristos, the customer, is as committed as any Jewdean to the belief that carnal recreation should involve a man and a woman, the khristianos, the bathboy, is bound to be a catamite slave.
The appearance of Surenas - dressed effeminately (in Roman eyes), wearing make-up and with his hair parted like a women - prompted Crassus to ridicule him openly and call him a catamite.
The name Romulus had been considered, but it bore too many embarrassing associations, such as king, fratricide, catamite, inciter of gangbangs, and an apotheosis triggered by senators tearing him to pieces.
In fact the rib-cage drops without much transition into the pelvis and inordinately inflated muscles of the sprawling thighs; none more widely unclasped than those of Ganymede, his calves pinioned apart by Jove's eagle as he is carried off to become the god's catamite (Harvard Art Museum).
There was a bold British explorer / On Capri or Isola Azzurra / When fucking one night / His tight catamite / Said, "Sir, my Assola Izzurra.
Not only was Laughton gay in real life, but DeMille allowed him to turn his Nero into an outrageous queen, complete with a young, male catamite at his side (Callow 1987:51).
There was Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms--featuring the famous jacket photo that made Capote look like a catamite in an opium den--and Carson McCullers' Reflections in a Golden Eye.
Socrates pushes the analogy further: if pleasure is happiness, then the shameful life of a catamite would be the natural result of this line of thinking (9).
New York City becomes "the catamite of Hell," raped by "a Figure with supernatural powers.
It is said of Sejanus that as a young cup-bearer he "prostituted his body"; he is later described by the trustworthy Arruntius as a "stale catamite.