Meaning of vandal in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvandl/

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  • 1A person who deliberately destroys or damages property belonging to others.

    ‘the rear window of the car was smashed by vandals’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The couple believe vandals deliberately dropped the heavy panel on to their car from a bridge.’
    • ‘Windows were smashed and the roof was damaged but the vandals failed to get into the building.’
    • ‘He said all the trees on the land were damaged by vandals four months ago and only replaced this week.’
    • ‘The school has been damaged by vandals on a number of occasions over the last few years.’
    • ‘A woman who is a repeat victim of car vandals has hit out against the yobs who damage property.’
    • ‘Angry shop owners are calling on police to get tough with vandals who are targeting their businesses.’
    • ‘Police have pledged to step up patrols in a bid to get tough with the vandals.’
    • ‘Residents have appealed for police patrols to be stepped up to rid an estate of yobs and vandals.’
    • ‘Every public bench along the river had been systematically smashed by vandals last summer.’
    • ‘Why do mindless vandals frequently ruin our beautiful parks and public buildings?’
    • ‘The vandals broke into the car, damaged the ignition and stole her walking stick.’
    • ‘We have had many problems over the years with vandals, litter, graffiti, drugs and drink.’
    • ‘CCTV cameras will be installed and fencing will be erected to prevent vandals moving in.’
    • ‘The skateboard park has already been targeted by vandals who smashed glass bottles over the site.’
    • ‘Only weeks ago, vandals set fire to a portable toilet in a school playground.’
    • ‘The play area was fenced off in September after vandals left the site unsafe for young children to play.’
    • ‘A woman today told of her horror after every room in her house was spray-painted by vandals.’
    hooligan, hoodlum, thug, lout, delinquent, ruffian, rowdy, troublemaker
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  • 2

    (also Vandal)
    A member of a Germanic people that ravaged Gaul, Spain, Rome (455), and North Africa in the 4th–5th centuries.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Following the decline of the Romans, the Vandals, Visigoths, and Byzantine Greeks successively set up their own empires.’
    • ‘When the Vandals launched a massive invasion of Gaul in 406, decades of fighting ensued, overstretching the Roman defences.’


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