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


a compulsion to set things on fire.

Nearby words

  1. pyrolyse,
  2. pyrolysis,
  3. pyrolytic,
  4. pyromagnetic,
  5. pyromancy,
  6. pyromaniac,
  7. pyromaniacal,
  8. pyrometallurgy,
  9. pyrometer,
  10. pyrometric

Origin of pyromania

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

Related formspy·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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


/ (ˌpaɪrəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /


psychiatry the uncontrollable impulse and practice of setting things on fire
Derived Formspyromaniac, nounpyromaniacal (ˌpaɪrəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective

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Word Origin and History for pyromania


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Medicine definitions for pyromania


[ pī′rō-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]


An uncontrollable impulse to start fires.
Related formspy′ro•mani•ac′ (-mānē-ăk′) adj. n.

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Culture definitions for pyromania


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

An uncontrollable urge to set fires.

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