Origin of pederastyModern Latin paederastia from Classical Greek paiderastia from paiderast?s, lover of boys from pais (gen. paidos), boy (see pedo-) + eran, to love
- Originally referred to formal practices mandated by Greek customs and laws. Often used in a modern sense for either lawful or transgressive inter-generational love relationships.
- Often used colloquially to describe relationships between adults and pre-pubescent children (see pedophilia).
From Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Î¹Î´ÎµÏÎ±ÏƒÏ„Î¯Î± (love of boys), from Ï€Î±Î¹Î´ÎµÏÎ±ÏƒÏ„Î®Ï‚ (pederast), from Ï€Î±á¿–Ï‚ (genitive Ï€Î±Î¹Î´ÏŒÏ‚) (child, son, boy) + á¼ÏÎ±ÏƒÏ„Î®Ï‚ (lover), from á¼ÏÎ¬ÏƒÎ¸Î±Î¹ (to lÎ¿ve), from á¼ÏÎ¬Ï‰ (to love passionately, to long f).