pyromaniac

[ pahy-ruh-mey-nee-ak ]
/ ˌpaɪ rəˈmeɪ niˌæk /

noun

someone with a compulsion to set things on fire: One theory is that pyromaniacs simply love fires and the damage they cause, and so they start them.

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Origin of pyromaniac

OTHER WORDS FROM pyromaniac

py·ro·ma·ni·a·cal [pahy-roh-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl] /ˌpaɪ roʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for pyromaniac

  • “My gut is telling me it is a pyromaniac having a good time and likes watching the buildings burn,” he says.

  • They could not feel worse if they learned that the child was a thief or a pyromaniac.

    Woman|William J. Robinson