Definitions for vandalismˈvæn dlˌɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

van•dal•ismˈvæn dlˌɪz əm(n.)

  1. deliberate destruction or damage of private or public property.

  2. the conduct or spirit characteristic of the Vandals.

Origin of vandalism:

< F vandalisme (1793)



Princeton's WordNet

  1. vandalism, hooliganism, malicious mischief(noun)

    willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vandalism(noun)ˈvæn dlˌɪz əm

    the crime of damaging sb else's property

    acts of vandalism in public parks


  1. vandalism(Noun)

    Willful damage or destruction of any property with no other purpose than damage or destruction of said property.

    As we turned down the street I was appalled by the vandalism; spray-paint and smashed windows that were everywhere.

  2. Origin: After the East Germanic tribe of the Vandals, which looted Rome in 455.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vandalism(noun)

    the spirit or conduct of the Vandals; ferocious cruelty; hostility to the arts and literature, or willful destruction or defacement of their monuments


  1. Vandalism

    Vandalism is the behaviour attributed originally to the Vandals, by the Romans, in respect of culture: ruthless destruction or spoiling of anything beautiful or venerable. The term also includes criminal damage such as graffiti and defacement directed towards any property without permission of the owner.

Translations for vandalism

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the behaviour of a vandal

All the telephones are out of order owing to vandalism.

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