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vandal

Line breaks: van¦dal
Pronunciation: /ˈvand(ə)l
 
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Definition of vandal in English:

noun

1A person who deliberately destroys or damages property belonging to others: the rear window of the car was smashed by vandals
More example sentences
  • Council chiefs have slammed vandals who deliberately damaged a historic priory.
  • Generous people have raised money to replace church windows that were destroyed by vandals.
  • A mother has hit out at vandals who damaged a memorial to her teenage daughter.
2 (Vandal) A member of a Germanic people that ravaged Gaul, Spain, Rome (455), and North Africa in the 4th-5th centuries.
Example sentences
  • At Carthage, the pirate kingdom of the Vandals outlived imperial Rome by several decades.
  • Worse, the Vandals had entered into North Africa, cutting Rome off from its supply of grain.
  • The Vandals occupied North Africa, successfully assimilating late Roman art.

Origin

from Latin Vandalus, of Germanic origin. sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.

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