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pyromaniac

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S: DB - http://www.differencebetween.net/science/health/disease-health/differences-between-an-arsonist-and-a-pyromaniac/(external link) (last access: 14 November 2017); PSYCHIAT - http://psychiatric-disorders.com/personality-disorders/impulse-control-disorders-pyromania/(external link) (last access: 14 November 2017).

N: 1. adjective. 1855, from pyromania (1840, from pyro- "fire" + mania "madness, frenzy."). As a noun from 1861.
2. Mental illness in which a person feels a strong wish to start fires.
3. (A person) driven by an uncontrollable urge to set fires.
4. A psychopathological firesetter, as contrasted to an arsonist, who starts fires to defraud or conceal a crime, or an incendiarist, who sets fires in rebellion against the established social or political order.
5. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention the novel The Pyromaniac (1938) by Arthur Bruce Allen (1903-1975).

S: 1. OED - http://www.goo.gl/qCXq4g;(external link) http://www.goo.gl/FzqZGg(external link) (last access: 14 November 2017). 2. CD - https://goo.gl/5xxeHs(external link) (last access: 26 October 2017). 3 & 4. TERMIUM PLUS - http://www.goo.gl/b5QCdA(external link) (last access: 14 November 2017). 5. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/pyromaniac-arthur-bruce-allen-early-1776788768(external link) (last access: 15 November 2017).

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CR: arsonist, fire, pyromania

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