py·​ro·​ma·​ni·​ac | \ ˌpī-rō-ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce pyromaniac (audio) \
plural pyromaniacs

Definition of pyromaniac

: a person who has an uncontrollable impulse to start fires : a person affected by pyromania A psychological assessment commissioned by the defence came to the conclusion that Schalm was not a pyromaniac, nor was he bipolar, making the risk of recidivism minimal.— Jeremy Appel sometimes used in an exaggerated or joking way to refer to a person who enjoys firesThe self-described pyromaniac said she is excited about the pellet fire pits that will frame the front entrance.— Sarah Self-Walbrick

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pyromaniacal \ ˌpī-​rō-​mə-​ˈnī-​ə-​kəl How to pronounce pyromaniacal (audio) \ adjective
… his earliest pyromaniacal urges … seem to have developed in 1862 … Sherman ordered the torching of all towns, villages, farms and homes for 15 miles up and down the river. — Winston Groom

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Pyromaniac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pyromaniac

: an individual affected with pyromania

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