pyromania

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

noun

a compulsion to set things on fire.

RELATED WORDS


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

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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 Formspyromaniac, nounpyromaniacal (ˌpaɪrəʊməˈnaɪəkəl), adjective

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Word Origin and History for pyromaniac
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Medicine definitions for pyromaniac

pyromania

[ pī′rō-mānē-ə, -mānyə ]

n.

An uncontrollable impulse to start fires.
Related formspy′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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