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

Related forms

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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Examples 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

British Dictionary definitions for pyromaniac

pyromania

/ (ˌpaɪrəʊˈmeɪnɪə) /

noun

psychiatry the uncontrollable impulse and practice of setting things on fire

Derived Forms

pyromaniac, nounpyromaniacal (ˌpaɪrəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective
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Medicine definitions for pyromaniac

pyromania

[ pī′rō-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

An uncontrollable impulse to start fires.

Related forms

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

pyromania

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

An uncontrollable urge to set fires.


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