vandalism

noun
van·​dal·​ism | \ ˈvan-də-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of vandalism

: willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property

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Examples of vandalism in a Sentence

acts of theft and vandalism He was arrested for vandalism.

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The vandalism of downtown businesses on the day President Donald Trump was sworn in stretched more than 16 blocks as part of a disturbance called DisruptJ20. Keith L. Alexander, chicagotribune.com, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 7 July 2018 The vandalism of downtown businesses on the day President Trump was sworn in stretched over 16 blocks as part of a disturbance called DisruptJ20. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018 The vandalism of downtown businesses on the day President Trump was sworn in stretched over 16 blocks as part of a disturbance called DisruptJ20. Keith L. Alexander, latimes.com, "Federal prosecutors dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018 The vandalism of downtown businesses on the day President Trump was sworn in stretched over 16 blocks as part of a disturbance called DisruptJ20. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Federal prosecutors abruptly dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases," 6 July 2018 The alleged vandalism of the memorial to the dead has not spurred a race to collect what remains. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "I ripped down anti-gun banner because I'm pro-gun: Accused Stoneman Douglas vandal," 27 Mar. 2018 This latest act of vandalism comes less than a month after the federal government reopened the case of Emmett’s murder. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Someone Shot the Sign Marking the Spot Emmett Till's Body Was Found — Again," 6 Aug. 2018 Commission member Max Schachter, the father of 14-year-old Alex Schachter who was among those killed that day, said Cruz committed another act of vandalism previously, but PROMISE was not in place then. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Broward's PROMISE program "irrelevant" to Nikolas Cruz's massacre, commission says," 10 July 2018 The Islamic Center of Twin Falls and the Hagerman Christian Center have also reported incidents of vandalism. idahostatesman, "Vandal paints 'God is Dead' on an Idaho Mormon chapel, police say," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of vandalism

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vandalism

vandal + -ism

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Dictionary Entries near vandalism

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vandalise

vandalish

vandalism

vandalistic

vandalize

vandalroot

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The first known use of vandalism was in 1798

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vandalism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vandalism

: the act of deliberately destroying or damaging property

vandalism

noun
van·​dal·​ism | \ ˈvan-də-ˌli-zəm \

Kids Definition of vandalism

: intentional destruction of or damage to property

vandalism

noun
van·​dal·​ism | \ ˈvand-ᵊl-ˌi-zəm \

Legal Definition of vandalism

: the willful or malicious destruction or defacement of property insurance covering property damage from vandalism and malicious mischief

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