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  • n. A boy who feels philia or, more specifically, anterōs for his paederastic lover.


From Ancient Greek φιλεραστής (philerastēs), from φίλ(ος) (phil(os), "dear”, “friend") or φιλ(έω) (phil(eō), "I love") + ἐραστής (erastēs, "lover") (compare the English cognates phil- + erast(es)); φιλεραστής was used by Plato in his Symposium as an alternative to ἐρώμενος (erōmenos, "eromenos"), to imply greater equitability and reciprocity and to avoid the latter term’s denotational passivity. (Wiktionary)


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