vandalism

[ van-dl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈvæn dlˌɪz əm /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. vancouver, george,
  2. vanda,
  3. vandal,
  4. vandalia,
  5. vandalic,
  6. vandalize,
  7. vandals,
  8. vandemonian,
  9. vandenberg,
  10. vandenberg, arthur hendrick

Origin of vandalism

1790–1800; vandal + -ism; compare French vandalisme

Related formsvan·dal·is·tic, van·dal·ish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vandalism

vandalism

/ (ˈvændəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the wanton or deliberate destruction caused by a vandal or an instance of such destruction
Derived Formsvandalistic or vandalish, adjective

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Word Origin and History for vandalism

vandalism

n.

1798, from French vandalisme, first used by Henri Grégoire, Bishop of Blois, c.1793; see vandal + -ism.

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