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vandalism

[ van-dl-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈvæn dlˌɪz əm /
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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.

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Origin of vandalism

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

OTHER WORDS FROM vandalism

van·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 forms of vandalism

vandalistic or vandalish, adjective
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