py·ro·ma·nia | \ ˌpī-rō-ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \

Definition of pyromania 

: an irresistible impulse to start fires

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pyromaniac \ˌpī-rō-ˈmā-nē-ˌak \ noun
pyromaniacal \ˌpī-rō-mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl \ adjective

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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 \

Medical Definition of pyromania 

: an irresistible impulse to start fires

Other words from pyromania

pyromaniacal \-mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl \ adjective

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the setting in which something occurs

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