What does graffiti mean?

Definitions for graffiti
grəˈfi tigraf·fi·ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graffito, graffiti(noun)

    a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls


  1. Graffiti(n. pl.)

    any writings or drawings on a surface in a public place, placed there without authorization of the owner of the object on which it is written. Such graffiti are usually unwelcome, and are considered as form of vandalism.

  2. Origin: [It., pl. of graffito scratched]


  1. graffiti(Noun)

    A form of vandalism involving painting text or images in public places.

  2. graffiti(Noun)

    A form of art involving painting text or images in public places.

  3. graffiti(Noun)

    Informal inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., as opposed to official inscriptions.

  4. graffiti(Verb)

    To create such images

  5. Origin: From graffiti

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graffiti

    inscriptions, figure drawings, etc., found on the walls of ancient sepulchers or ruins, as in the Catacombs, or at Pompeii

  2. Origin: [It., pl. of graffito scratched]


  1. Graffiti

    Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. In modern times, paint, particularly spray paint, and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner's consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime. Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop music, b-boying, and other elements. Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities. Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials, law enforcement, and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested and reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of graffiti in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of graffiti in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of graffiti in a Sentence

  1. Elliot Urcuhuaranga:

    It's an invitation for taggers and graffiti artists to cover downtown Lima in paint, that's what they're going to do.

  2. New York:

    Whoever you are, corporate or independent graffiti artist, this is the place to be this week. It's all about visibility.

  3. Matt Schmader:

    All of the petroglyph areas are ecologically sensitive, so when we look at trying to do any kind of graffiti repair, we have to be very cautious.

  4. Roger Cukierman:

    We feel that something has changed: it's no longer just graffiti or minor incidents, these are death threats [against the Jewish community], it cannot go on like this.

  5. Howard Collins:

    One of the difficulties before this kit was available, often we only found the vandalism and graffiti when the train returned to the depot where they're repaired or cleaned. But now we're building a profile of where and when these incidents occur. So the police already have the intelligence and the information to say, this is where this is likely to occur and this is the time of day.

Images & Illustrations of graffiti

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