Definition of vandal in English:


Line breaks: van¦dal
Pronunciation: /ˈvand(ə)l


  • 1A person who deliberately destroys or damages property belonging to others: the rear window of the car was smashed by vandals
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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