pyromaniacal

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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