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 (ə-fē′bə-fĭl′ē-ə, -fēl′yə)
1. Sexual attraction of an adult for postpubescent adolescents.
2. Love of a man for a male youth, idealized in certain societies such as ancient Greece.

[Greek ephēbos, ephebe; see ephebe + -philia.]

e·phe′bo·phile′ (-fīl′) n.
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(Psychiatry) the condition of being sexually attracted to adolescents
[C19: from Greek ephēbos young man + -philia]
eˈpheboˌphile n
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Sipe insisted that homosexuality, as a normal sexual orientation, stood apart from "ephebophilia," which meant adults who abused teenagers.
The technical name for this kind of act is ephebophilia, but many would call it pederasty or even homosexuality.
This is different to sexual attraction to post-pubescent adolescents, known as ephebophilia.
There is a word that is never used and that, however, is important when we see the work that priests do; it is the word "ephebophilia."
Much of it is about ephebophilia, or boy-love, a phenomenon whose connection to homosexuality is unclear.
(16) Clinically this type of inappropriate sexual attraction is known as "ephebophilia." (17) Most of the focus has been on male victims, which is in line with data showing that most cases in the United States have involved clergy sexual contact with young adolescent boys.
More might be inclined to ephebophilia, an attraction to pubescent and post-pubescent youth.
Luke Institute put Gustafson through a battery of tests, reaching a diagnosis of paraphilia, with ephebophilia in remission.