pyromaniac

noun py·ro·ma·ni·ac \ ˌpī-rō-ˈmā-nē-ˌak \

Definition of pyromaniac

plural pyromaniacs
: 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 fires
  • The self-described pyromaniac said she is excited about the pellet fire pits that will frame the front entrance.
  • —Sarah Self-Walbrick

First Known Use of pyromaniac

1845

in the meaning defined above

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pyromaniac

noun py·ro·ma·ni·ac \ -nē-ˌak \

medical Definition of pyromaniac

: an individual affected with pyromania

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