pyromania

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pyromania an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pyromania An insane disposition to incendiarism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pyromania A mania for destroying things by fire; a form of insanity marked by a mania for setting things on fire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pyromania pī-rō-mā′ni-a a mania for destroying things by fire: insanity which takes this form
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pyro-, + mania,

Usage

In literature:

Christian pyromania suggested itself.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Are you subject to measles, dropsy, pyromania, or falling arch?
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
Pyromania is a periodical tendency to commit arson.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
Pyromania is sometimes pleaded as a defense for arson.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
Verbeena savagely and swiftly lighted nine cigarettes and faced him peagreen with pyromania.
"The Shriek" by Charles Somerville
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In news:

Since then, he's turned his pyromania into a respectable profession.
Just when it seemed like synthesizers had taken over the airwaves, along comes Def Leppard with Pyromania , a heavy-metal album full of brawling guitars and boasting state-of-the-radio production.
The Crüe was first, arriving at 7:45 pm to a stage adorned with huge video monitors, pyromania, a menagerie of scantily clad dancing women and a mini roller coaster (more on that later).
When Def Leppard began to write for the follow-up to their 1984 multi-platinum breakthrough 'Pyromania,' the group had no idea what a monumental task lay ahead of them.
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