pyromania

[ pahy-ruh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh ]
/ ˌpaɪ rəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə /

noun

a compulsion to set things on fire.

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Origin of pyromania

First recorded in 1835–45; pyro- + -mania

OTHER WORDS FROM pyromania

py·ro·ma·ni·ac [pahy-ruh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌpaɪ rəˈmeɪ niˌæk/, nounpy·ro·ma·ni·a·cal [pahy-roh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌpaɪ roʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for pyromania

  • Verbeena savagely and swiftly lighted nine cigarettes and faced him peagreen with pyromania.

    The Shriek|Charles Somerville

British Dictionary definitions for pyromania

pyromania
/ (ˌpaɪrəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

psychiatry the uncontrollable impulse and practice of setting things on fire

Derived forms of pyromania

pyromaniac, nounpyromaniacal (ˌpaɪrəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective
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Medical definitions for pyromania

pyromania
[ pī′rō-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

An uncontrollable impulse to start fires.

Other words from pyromania

py′ro•mani•ac′ (-mānē-ăk′) adj. n.
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Cultural definitions for pyromania

pyromania
[ (peye-roh-may-nee-uh) ]

An uncontrollable urge to set fires.

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