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From Latin pyrotechnica, from Ancient Greek πῦρ (pûr, fire) + τεχνικός (tekhnikós, skillful, workmanlike). Analyzable as pyro- +‎ technic


  • (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.
    • 1989, H. T. Willetts (translator), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author), August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 178:
      They had spent much of June and July walking about the plateau near Poronin and discussing Kuba’s pyrotechnic schemes for making money. Possibly because of his bourgeois origins, Hanecki had a remarkable financial flair, and extraordinary grasp of money matters—a quality as valuable as it was rare in a revolutionary.
    • 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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