It seems most of the definitions on here are accurate, but just to clear some things up:

A "pedophile", according to the American Psychological Association and by it's very definition is: Someone, who for a period of 6 months or more, has arousing fantasies, urges, or feelings towards prepubescent children. The APA states that the person must be at least 16 or older, however there have been cases where younger teens have been diagnosed with "warning signs" that may indicate an unnatural sexual attraction.

Which means is that:
1) The sexual attraction towards young teens (13-17 yr olds) is in a completely different category known as ephebophilia. (The age of consent does not apply because it includes pubescent teens)

2) The words pedophile and child molester are not synonymous in that "pedophilia" describes the sexual attraction whereas "child molester" describes the sexual abuse. Furthermore, studies show that many child molesters aren't even attracted to children, which is why molestation is considered more of a power crime rather than a sex crime. In other words, many pedophiles do not abuse children, and many child molesters have no sexual interest in children - which is why they are two separate words.
(A molested child is not a victim of "pedophilia", he/she is a victim of "child molestation" - even if pedophilic urges led to the act.)
1) Bill just admitted to me today that he's a pedophile. I can't believe he's attracted to children, I hope he seeks help.
by Kylex10 April 02, 2007
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A person who suffers from Pedophilia; that is, an adult who is sexually attracted to children.

Pedophilia is a mental disorder, not a sexual orientation or lifestyle choice. Specifically, it is a Paraphilia. The Paraphilias are characterized by recurrent, intense, sexual urges, fantasies, or behaviors that involve unusual objects, activities, or situations. Other examples of Paraphilias are Exhibitionism, Fetishism, Sexual Masochism, and Sexual Sadism.

Terms like "pedosexual" are misnomers and nothing more than political activism on the part of organized groups of pedophiles attempting to legitimize and legalize their abuse and predation of children.
Bob is is a pedophile because he is sexually attracted to little girls.
by Ed January 20, 2005
After reading the first few definitions,(most likely written by pedophiles) I'm a little shocked at why people would try to defend these sick beings. I don't care if a pedophile would defend a child for "love." NOBODY has the right to take advantage of a child like that. NOBODY. Imagine what a child like that would be growing up? She/he would have no sexual morals and probably becoming a some sort of a sexual predator themselves.

People state that pedos don't hurt children, only child molesters do, that's fucking bullshit. "Love" is the first criteria, I can't believe that somewhat would write that If a pedo knew what true pain was then they would know that is the most disgusting act to ever peform on a child.

Oh yea and whoever diagnosod these sick and heinous people with a "mental disorder," is probably one themselves. Pull your head out of your ass people, it's a sick fucking fetish, acted out by vile human beings who cannot tell right from wrong.

Sure we all have fetishes, some may be even a little twisted, that still doesn't give you the right to act out on them. Learn to control yourselves.
My cousin was a victim of pedophilia(the man took pictures of her to put on the internet for a kiddie porn site, some love huh?), she has to go to therapy 3 times a week ever since she was 12. She has a lot of social problems and is constantly paranoid women because of what happened. She refuses to let anyone close to her, she doesn't like to be out in public alone and she hates anything related to sex.

It's fortunate my aunt found out early about this sick act, it could've been a lot worse on her. Fuck pedophiles.
by Aldwardo November 25, 2006
An adult, usually male, who is sexually attracted to prepubescent children. Derived from the Greek paedeia (child) and philos (love.)
Simeon is a pedophile. Every afternoon he walks by the local elementary school, watching the kiddies coming happily bounding out, and there's always an 8-inch bulge in his pants when he does it.
by GuidoPosse69 February 16, 2005
worst stepdad ever!!
Pedophile are common place. They are not shady-looking people. Usually they are very friendly especially with kids.

"No, I promise I won't tell mommy. Just do-don't, AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!"
by foxmoon September 30, 2006
An adult who is sexually attracted to a child or children.
synonyms: kiddy fiddler, priest.
by Larry December 05, 2004
Sick fucks who should die a slow and painful death.
Pedophile = Child Molestor = Asshole
by Wyndrax October 15, 2006
Someone suffering from the sickness of pedophilia (see my definition of pedophilia)
pedophiles and their ACLU cheerleaders, whine and bitch about how it's O.K. for adults to be sexually attracted to children. It is not. Parents and their allies (including the---*gasp!*---Christians) are watching you. NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, SICKO.
by Canada Street's in the bldg. December 11, 2006

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