Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Word of the day: pederasty

The word of the day is pederasty:
  1. sexual relations between two males, especially when one of them is a minor.
"sodomy with a boy," 1609, from Mod.L. pæderastia, from Gk. paiderastia "love of boys," from paiderastes "pederast," from pais (gen. paidos) "child, boy" (see pedo-) + erastes "lover," from erasthai "to love." Pederast is 1730s, from Fr. pédéraste, from Gk. paiderastes.


"Who today would want to live in the Greece of Plato and Socrates, with its slavery, constant warfare, institutionalized pederasty, and relentless culling of surplus population?"

 - Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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