pyromania

[pahy-ruh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
noun
a compulsion to set things on fire.

Origin:
1835–45; pyro- + -mania

pyromaniac [pahy-ruh-mey-nee-ak] , noun
pyromaniacal [pahy-roh-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl] , adjective
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pyromania (ˌpaɪrəʊˈmeɪnɪə)
 
n
psychiatry the uncontrollable impulse and practice of setting things on fire
 
pyro'maniac
 
n
 
pyromaniacal
 
adj

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pyromania
1842, from pyro- (q.v.) + mania "madness, frenzy." Pyromaniac (n.) first recorded 1887.
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pyromania py·ro·ma·ni·a (pī'rō-mā'nē-ə, -mān'yə)
n.
An uncontrollable impulse to start fires.


py'ro·ma'ni·ac' (-mā'nē-āk') adj. & n.
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pyromania [(peye-roh-may-nee-uh)]

An uncontrollable urge to set fires.

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pyromania

impulse-control disorder characterized by the recurrent compulsion to set fires. The term refers only to the setting of fires for sexual or other gratification provided by the fire itself, not to arson for profit or revenge. Pyromania is usually a symptom of underlying psychopathology, often associated with aggressive behaviours. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, noted that the majority of pyromaniacs are males with a history of bed-wetting and suggested that pyromania is one of many disorders brought on by the denial of instinctual drives, in this case a male desire to control fire by urination. Later psychoanalysts found his explanation too simplistic. Among other suggested causes of pyromania are the feeling of rejection and the wish for the return of an absent father.

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Pyromania is another type of human behavior that is of significance in fire prevention.
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