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vandal

[ van-dl ]
/ ˈvæn dl /
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noun

(initial capital letter) a member of a Germanic people who in the 5th century a.d. ravaged Gaul and Spain, settled in Africa, and in a.d. 455 sacked Rome.
a person who willfully or ignorantly destroys or mars something beautiful or valuable.

adjective

(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Vandals.
imbued with or characterized by vandalism.

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Origin of vandal

First recorded in 1545–55, vandal is from the Late Latin word Vandalus, Latinized tribal name
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British Dictionary definitions for vandal (1 of 2)

vandal
/ (ˈvændəl) /

noun

  1. a person who deliberately causes damage or destruction to personal or public property
  2. (as modifier)vandal instincts
C17: from Vandal, from Latin Vandallus, of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for vandal (2 of 2)

Vandal
/ (ˈvændəl) /

noun

a member of a Germanic people that raided Roman provinces in the 3rd and 4th centuries ad before devastating Gaul (406–409), conquering Spain and N Africa, and sacking Rome (455): crushed by Belisarius at Carthage (533)
Vandalic (vænˈdælɪk), adjectiveVandalism, noun
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