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A man who has sexual relations, especially anal intercourse, with a boy.

[Greek paiderastēs : pais, paid-, child; see pedo-2 + erastēs, lover (from erasthai, to love).]

ped′er·as′ty n.


(ˈpɛdəˌræstɪ) or sometimes


homosexual relations between men and boys
[C17: from New Latin paederastia, from Greek, from pais boy + erastēs lover, from eran to love]
ˌpederˈastic, sometimes ˌpaederˈastic adj


(ˈpɛd əˌræs ti, ˈpi də-)

sexual relations between a man and a boy.
[1605–15; < New Latin pederastia < Greek paiderastía love of boys. See pederast, -y3]
ped`er•as′tic, adj.

pederasty, paederasty

a sexual act between two males, especially when one is a minor. — pederast, paederast, n.
See also: Children
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pederasty - sexual relations between a man and a boy (usually anal intercourse with the boy as a passive partner)
paraphilia - abnormal sexual activity
gayness, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, queerness - a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex


[ˈpedəræstɪ] Npederastia f


nPäderastie f


[ˈpɛdəræstɪ] npederastia


n. pederastia, relación homosexual anal esp. entre un hombre adulto y un muchacho.
References in classic literature ?
So that in such a state riches will necessarily be in general esteem, particularly if the men are governed by their wives, which has been the case with many a brave and warlike people except the Celts, and those other nations, if there are any such, who openly practise pederasty.
The story at the core of "Sacred Deer" is more macabre -- and defiant of rational explanation -- than mundane pederasty.
Woods even used the NAMBLA - short for North American Man/Boy Love Association - hashtag to refer to the organization that's said to be advocating pedophilia&nbsp;and pederasty.
10 article that "not all of the cases mentioned had to do with the crime of pederasty.
In addition, the film tackled a lot of taboos, especially in the Middle East, like pederasty.
Although the subject of homosexual and pederastic desire was transgressive and distasteful at the turn of the twentieth-century, and indeed pederasty remains so, it is valorized by both authors who challenge its 'sick' classification by associating it with invigorating creative energy and spiritual renaissance.
1), and diachronic parameters of Athenian pederasty.
The more traditional organization describes five sections (each two chapters long): the first on the early modern alphabet and orthography; the second on friendship; the third on pederasty, or what Masten calls "Boy desire"; the fourth on sodomy; and the fifth on contemporary editorial theories and practices.
Its continued cachet in the arts notwithstanding, Greek pederasty proved inadequate for capturing the same-sex bonds researchers and other observers encountered in the societies of their own day, for instance; this problem already haunted Heinrich Hossli's pioneering text on male-male love, Eros (1836/1838).
Uncleanness--whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion," Cochran wrote.
In some articles, commentators prefer to present Wilde's wrongdoing at the very beginning, to get it out of the way so to speak, so that they may more easily get directly to the heart of the matter that they truly wish to approach, which is, as they understand it, less the defense of pederasty (17) (in the sense of the word as it was understood at the time) than it is the defense of writers and artists in general, victimized by a bourgeois society in which hypocrisy reigns supreme.
He details colonial attitudes towards sodomy, pederasty, bestiality, and incest.