What does vandalism mean?

Definitions for vandalism
ˈvæn dlˌɪz əmvan·dal·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vandalism, hooliganism, malicious mischiefnoun

    willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others


  1. vandalismnoun

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


  1. Vandalism

    Vandalism is the action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. The term includes property damage, such as graffiti and defacement directed towards any property without permission of the owner. The term finds its roots in an Enlightenment view that the Germanic Vandals were a uniquely destructive people.


  1. vandalism

    Vandalism is the deliberate act of damaging, defacing, or destroying public or private property without the owner's consent. It is often driven by malicious intent, rebellion, indifference, or for the purpose of expression. Acts of vandalism can include graffiti, breaking windows, slashing tires, or defacing web pages among others. It is generally considered a criminal act.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vandalismnoun

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vandalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vandalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of vandalism in a Sentence

  1. Rick Bell:

    As someone who has family buried in both Cedar Grove Cemetery and Wilson County Memorial Gardens, I am angered by the vandalism that happened overnight, this was an act of vandalism against everyone who has family members there and our entire community.

  2. 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.

  3. Edward C. Banfield:

    Although he has more leasure than almost anyone, the indifference ,appathy if one preferes, of the lower class person is such that he seldom makes even the simplest repaires to the place that he lives in. He is not troubled by dirt or dilapidation and he does not mind the inadequacy of public facilities such as schools, parks hospitals and libraries. Indeed, where such things exist, he may destroy them by carelessness or even by vandalism.

  4. Carlos Canino:

    This is not vandalism, this is an act of violence, it's violence not against a building, but against a whole community.

  5. Life First CEO Becky Sheetz:

    We came in one day and there was vandalism, graffiti, on the back of the center, on the side that we operated the building, so we reported it to local law enforcement right away and it was cleaned up, it was actually just graffiti, clearly targeted along the lines of the graffiti and vandalism that you were seeing all across the nation in the tens and tens, over 100 pregnancy centers that were vandalized.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. motile
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