Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A paraphilia in which adult sexual gratification is derived from fantasies or acts involving a postpubescent adolescent, often of the same gender.
  • noun Love of a man for a male youth, idealized in certain societies such as ancient Greece.

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  • noun a sexual orientation or preference in which an adult's primary sexual attraction is towards pubescent or postpubescent adolescents
  • noun philia for an ephebe

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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From Ancient Greek ἔφηβος (ephēbos, "adolescent") + φιλία (philia, "love, friendship")

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