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vandalize

[van-dl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), van·dal·ized, van·dal·iz·ing.
  1. to destroy or deface by vandalism: Someone vandalized the museum during the night.
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Also especially British, van·dal·ise.

Origin of vandalize

First recorded in 1790–1800; vandal + -ize
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Related Words

deface, smash, demolish, wreck, trash, raze, mar, annihilate, ravish, ruin, damage, ravage, despoil, impair, disfigure

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British Dictionary definitions for vandalize

vandalize

vandalise

verb
  1. (tr) to destroy or damage (something) by an act of vandalism
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Word Origin and History for vandalize

v.

by 1797, from vandal + -ize. Related: Vandalized; vandalizing.

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