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vandalism

[van-dl-iz-uh m] /ˈvæn dlˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property:
vandalism of public buildings.
2.
the conduct or spirit characteristic of the Vandals.
3.
willful or ignorant destruction of artistic or literary treasures.
4.
a vandalic act.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; vandal + -ism; compare French vandalisme
Related forms
vandalistic, vandalish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vandalism

vandalism

/ˈvændəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the wanton or deliberate destruction caused by a vandal or an instance of such destruction
Derived Forms
vandalistic, vandalish, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vandalism
n.

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

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