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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.
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(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
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(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.
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pederasty, paederasty

a sexual act between two males, especially when one is a minor. — pederast, paederast, n.
See also: Children
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pederasty - sexual relations between a man and a boy (usually anal intercourse with the boy as a passive partner)
gayness, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, queerness - a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
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[ˈpedəræstɪ] Npederastia f
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nPäderastie f
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[ˈpɛdəræstɪ] npederastia
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n. pederastia, relación homosexual anal esp. entre un hombre adulto y un muchacho.
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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. And the first mythologists seem not improperly to have joined Mars and Venus together; for all nations of this character are greatly addicted either to the love of women or of boys, for which reason it was thus at Lacedaemon; and many things in their state were done by the authority of the women.
The seven contributions that make up the main body of the text are devoted to the depiction and description of sex at Athens, pederasty and the popular audience, lusty ladies in the Roman imaginary, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
Pederasty was notable to historians in Moorish Spain, and Tuscany and northern Italy during the Renaissance.
Afghan law bans "pederasty," sex between a boy and a man, but HRW said "moral crimes" charges, which include all sexual relations outside of marriage, have been used to punish the victim of a criminal offense.
Occurrences such as child labor, pederasty, and neglect are viewed currently by society as horrific atrocities while during the Middle Ages these practices were commonplace.
(1) To trivialize the ancient debate as a question of taste or, at the other extreme, to denounce the Erotes as simply a defense of pederasty involves a loss of historical perspective.
Evidence from Plutarch suggests that Greek social restrictions on women--such as their exclusion from symposia--relaxed under Roman rule; but in this, too, Herodes may have been reactionary, just as he gleefully embraced the old practice of pederasty. Coupled with a violent and arrogant disposition, these peculiarities must have made for a stormy relationship.
2008], this journal allowed a non-classicist, English professor Richard Canning, to review Andrew Lear and Eva Cantarella's Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods (2008).
Manta Purpura: Pederastia clerical en tiempos del cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera (Purple Robe: Clerical Pederasty in the Times of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera)
A dizzying, potent brew of history, mystery and pederasty, "The Mud Boy" appears to be the product of an over-heated imagination but is, in fact, based on, and fairly faithful to, the real-life story of a 10-year-old boy in early 20th-century Argentina.
(2) One of the more well known treatments of the passage along these lines has been offered by Robin Scroggs, (3) who attempts to demonstrate that in the Greco-Roman world pederasty was "the one, basic model of male homosexuality." (4) To support his argument, he cites numerous Greco-Roman authors addressing the issue of same-gender sexual contact and claims that nearly all Greco-Roman discussions of homosexual relations focus on the particular practice of pederasty.
In his reworking of certain elements central to Plato's discussion of pederasty and through his ascription of meaning to biological reproduction and the institution of marriage, Le Roy contributes, I will argue, to what we might call a metaphysics of procreation and matrimony, one closely aligned to state interest.