Origin of vandal
Examples from the Web for vandal
Mayor Bloomberg agreed that the “vandal” must be caught and charged with vandalism.
Congratulations," reads Letterbombing.com in its welcoming headline, "You're about to become an Internet vandal.
A solitary pine tree formerly stood upon its brow, which some Vandal has cut down.Old Mackinaw|W. P. Strickland.
They swept over all Africa, completely obliterating every trace of Vandal or of Roman.
Footnote 10: The fullest accounts are those of Sorel and Vandal.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
But, in his own day, he was regarded as a Vandal and a heretic.Adventures among Books|Andrew Lang
Besides this, had they not already concluded that this person must have been disturbed in his vandal work?The Boy Scouts at the Panama-Pacific Exposition|Howard Payson
British Dictionary definitions for vandal (1 of 2)
- a person who deliberately causes damage or destruction to personal or public property
- (as modifier)vandal instincts
Word Origin for vandal
British Dictionary definitions for vandal (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for vandal
1660s, "willful destroyer of what is beautiful or venerable," from Vandals, name of the Germanic tribe that sacked Rome in 455 under Genseric, from Latin Vandalus (plural Vandali), from the tribe's name for itself (Old English Wendlas), from Proto-Germanic *Wandal- "Wanderer."
There does not seem to be in the story of the capture of Rome by the Vandals any justification for the charge of willful and objectless destruction of public buildings which is implied in the word 'vandalism.' It is probable that this charge grew out of the fierce persecution which was carried on by [the Vandal king] Gaiseric and his son against the Catholic Christians, and which is the darkest stain on their characters. ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 13th ed., 1926]