Meaning of firesetter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪəsɛtə/


  • An arsonist.

    ‘A firesetter may have multiple motives.’
    • ‘The family environment of the childhood firesetter is likely to be chaotic.’
    • ‘The firesetter dwells on his invulnerability and justifications even after the fire is over.’
    • ‘Many firesetters have poor academic achievements, which is more related to a generalised set of behaviour problems.’
    • ‘Many fire professionals believe that fire-safety education can reduce the recidivism rate among juvenile firesetters.’
    • ‘Some severely disturbed firesetters engage in self-harm.’
    • ‘The number of adolescent firesetters has been growing each year, along with the psychological and financial damage they create.’
    • ‘Juvenile firesetters also have been found to view themselves as loners.’
    • ‘Research has indicated that firesetters tend to exhibit conduct problems, such as disobedience and aggressiveness.’
    • ‘Mental health professionals are accustomed to working independently, but it is imperative that a relationship be maintained with the fire and police departments when treating juvenile firesetters.’
    • ‘Firesetters experience significantly more emotional neglect and physical abuse than do other children of similar socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.’
    • ‘Firesetters often strive to cover their tracks, but the specialist police dog will make life very difficult for them in future.’
    • ‘To gauge whether a fire-setter's behavior is pathological, environmental or, more simply, derived from curiosity, firefighters often use psychologist-developed assessment questionnaires.’
    • ‘If a child is identified as a pathological fire-setter, he or she receives free behavioral health-care treatment.’
    • ‘Thrillseeker arsonists are those archetypal fire-setter figures who stay around in the crowd to watch what happens.’
    • ‘The young fire-setters are asked why and how often they lit fires and what they thought they were going to get out of it.’
    • ‘Children who are deemed curiosity fire-setters tend to have a single incident of fire-play and often require just fire-safety education.’
    • ‘In Kent, as in similar schemes elsewhere, advisers encourage young fire-setters to talk, to open up.’
    • ‘Throughout the country, fire and rescue services run proactive educational schemes about fire and its dangers, as well as programmes in which individual fire-setters are dealt with on a one-to-one basis.’
    • ‘He is improving assessment tools that identify fire-setters as well as developing information packets.’
    arsonist, fire-bomber, firesetter