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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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Thomas Alberg concluded that Alexander Mark Martinelli's history of impulsive sexual behavior and the number of his criminal offenses indicated that Martinelli suffered from paraphilia or hebephilia (strong interest in pubescent children) as well as an anti-personality disorder.
Under the DSM, there is also a mental disorder for attraction to post-pubescent males between ages of 15-18, also known as "hebephilia" or "paraphilia not otherwise specified, attraction to post-pubescent males" (a version of PNOS, discussed below).
2013), rejected proposals to add "hebephilia" as a new psychiatric condition to describe adult sexual attraction to adolescents.
of New, 21 N.E.3d 406, 413 (2014) (discussing the inclusion of that disorder as opposed to the related hebephilia).
Shyness has become 'social anxiety disorder', bereavement is soon to be easily called 'major depressive disorder', and even exotica such as hebephilia may get a look in.
For instance, lately there has been a fierce debate about "hebephilia," a paraphilia characterized by sexual attraction to pubescent children.
In fact, after the experts began telling the church hierarchy that therapy did not work and hebephilia has no cure or no effective screening mechanism, many abusing priests were still being sent for treatment by their superiors or given a slap on the wrist and transferred to other parishes.
First also objected to the idea that hebephilia needed to be added to the definition because many men do not differentiate between prepubescent and pubescent children, and offend against both.