- deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property: vandalism of public buildings.
- the conduct or spirit characteristic of the Vandals.
- willful or ignorant destruction of artistic or literary treasures.
- a vandalic act.
Origin of vandalism
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Examples from the Web for vandalism
Two years later and sober, he was still acting out, facing 17 years for graffiti and vandalism.The Buddhist Punk Reforming Drug Rehab
June 16, 2014
Those kids will face punishment for their vandalism, and the administration will congratulate itself for its efforts.Heritage and Hate at Ole Miss
February 21, 2014
Some may think “price tag” attacks are relatively minor acts of vandalism—racially or religiously motivated hooliganism at best.When Israeli Settlers Direct Violence at Palestinian Schoolchildren
November 12, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg agreed that the “vandal” must be caught and charged with vandalism.Banksy Bails Due to “Police Activity”
October 23, 2013
The U.S. Open of Surfing dissolved into vandalism, looting, and groping.U.S. Open of Surfing Turns Into Riot
July 31, 2013
Presently the youth paused in his vandalism and glanced about with satisfaction.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
He determined to have revenge for that act of vandalism in breaking his lamp.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
This may seem at this distance as vandalism pure and simple.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
He had hit on the one certain means of restraint on an act of vandalism.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
His heart sank within him; he was overcome by this piece of vandalism.The Violin
- the wanton or deliberate destruction caused by a vandal or an instance of such destruction
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Word Origin and History for vandalism
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