py·​ro·​ma·​nia | \ ˌpī-rō-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce pyromania (audio) , -nyə\

Definition of pyromania

: an irresistible impulse to start fires

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After her exercise in pyromania, Serena stays with her mother. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 7 June 2019 And finding signs of past fire-lighting on tools used for other purposes may offer the best window into the origins of humanity's collective pyromania. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals used stone hand axes to strike a light," 26 July 2018 Best-selling author Margaret George has just published a novel repackaging the Roman emperor Nero, whose name has evoked mayhem and recreational pyromania for the past 2,000 years, as a misunderstood stripling. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "More Nasties of History Get a Novel Makeover," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of pyromania

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyromania

New Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of pyromania

: a mental illness that makes people have a strong desire to set fires


py·​ro·​ma·​nia | \ ˌpī-rō-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə How to pronounce pyromania (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyromania

: an irresistible impulse to start fires

Other Words from pyromania

pyromaniacal \ -​mə-​ˈnī-​ə-​kəl How to pronounce pyromaniacal (audio) \ adjective

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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