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From Latin pyrotechnica, from Ancient Greek πῦρ(pûr, fire) + τεχνικός(tekhnikós, skillful, workmanlike).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpaɪɹoʊˈtɛknɪk/
  • Hyphenation: py‧ro‧tech‧nic


pyrotechnic (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to fireworks.
  2. Of or relating to the use of fire in chemistry or metallurgy.
  3. Resembling fireworks.
    • 2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1]:
      [T]he Weston clan, whose dysfunctions are pyrotechnic in their scale and intensity.
  4. Of or relating to pyrotechny.


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