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Origin of vandal
Examples from the Web for vandals
Looters and vandals damaged more than a dozen stores and businesses in Oakland, Calif., news reports said.This Week's Riots Are Part of America's Long History of Racial Rage|Sharon Adarlo|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vandals have defaced them with red paint splotches that look like bullet holes oozing with blood.Defying NATO, Ignoring Ceasefire, Russian-Backed Troops Keep Rolling|Ted Phillips|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there is a strong resolve to vote despite the risk, a fierce determination to vanquish the Vandals.
The country is stuck with the vandals, and vandalism is all they can commit, because that is who they are.
As Andrew Sullivan wrote yesterday, a word I re-used on television last night, they are vandals.
Leo determined to extirpate the tyranny of the Vandals, and solemnly invested Anthemius with the diadem and purple of the West .The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.|Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Such was a measure of the speedy justice which is being meted out to vandals in Galveston.
Belisarius, with great wisdom, began by attacking the Vandals at Carthage on the extreme right.The Roman and the Teuton|Charles Kingsley
Unfortunately the waiters at Banff were proved as ruthless as vandals in other parts of the world.How to Know the Ferns|Frances Theodora Parsons
Later it was mutilated by a crowd of vandals as an expression of their hostility to all things British.Give Me Liberty|Thomas J. Wertenbaker
- a person who deliberately causes damage or destruction to personal or public property
- (as modifier)vandal instincts
Word Origin 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]