- a compulsion to set things on fire.
Origin of pyromania
Examples from the Web for pyromaniac
Contemporary Examples of pyromaniac
“My gut is telling me it is a pyromaniac having a good time and likes watching the buildings burn,” he says.Who’s Setting This Small Town on Fire?
April 16, 2013
Historical Examples of pyromaniac
They could not feel worse if they learned that the child was a thief or a pyromaniac.Woman
William J. Robinson
- psychiatry the uncontrollable impulse and practice of setting things on fire
Word Origin and History for pyromaniac
1855, from pyromania. As a noun from 1861.
The propensity which leads an insane person to accomplish his purpose by burning, has been considered to merit particular notice, and to constitute a variety of monomania. Dr. Marc, of France, has published a memoir on the subject; he gives the name of pyromania to it, and considers that, like other insane propensities, it may be the result of instinct, or it may be the result of delusion--reasoning upon erroneous principles. [Alexander Morrison, M.D., "The Physiognomy of Mental Diseases," London, 1840]
An older word for it was incendiarism.
- An uncontrollable impulse to start fires.
An uncontrollable urge to set fires.