Vandal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vandal someone who willfully destroys or defaces property
    • n Vandal a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pac-Man, Namco's 1979 arcade game, was originally called "Puck Man". The name was changed when they realized that vandals could easily scratch out part of the letter "P".
    • Vandal Hence, one who willfully destroys or defaces any work of art or literature, or anything valluable. "The Vandals of our isle,
      Sworn foes to sense and law."
    • a Vandal Of or pertaining to the Vandals; resembling the Vandals in barbarism and destructiveness.
    • Vandal (Anc. Hist) One of a Teutonic race, formerly dwelling on the south shore of the Baltic, the most barbarous and fierce of the northern nations that plundered Rome in the 5th century, notorious for destroying the monuments of art and literature.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1980, Namco released PAC-MAN, the most popular video game (or arcade game) of all time. The original name was going to be PUCK MAN, but executives saw the potential for vandals to scratch out part of the P in the games marquee and labeling.
    • n Vandal One of a Germanic race who first appeared in middle and southern Germany, and in the first half of the fifth century ravaged Gaul, Spain, northern Africa, etc., and in 455 Rome itself, with enormous damage to accumulated treasures of art and literature.
    • n Vandal [lowercase] One who wilfully or ignorantly destroys or disfigures any work of art, literature, or the like; one who is hostile to or wantonly attacks anything that is beautiful or venerable.
    • Vandal Of or pertaining to a vandal or vandalism.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vandal van′dal one of a fierce race from north-eastern Germany who entered Gaul about the beginning of the 5th century, crossed the Pyrenees into Spain (leaving their name in Andalusia=Vandalitia), next under Genseric crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, and carried devastation and ruin from the shores of the Atlantic to the frontiers of Cyrene: any one hostile to arts or literature, a barbarian
    • adjs Vandal barbarous, rude
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Vandalus, Vandalius,; of Teutonic origin, and probably originally signifying, a wanderer. Cf. Wander
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. Vandali, Vinduli—the Teut. name seen in Dut. Wenden, the Wends.

Usage

In literature:

Frank Nelsen choked down his fury at the vandalism.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
They both agreed that the first outside vandal who laid a hand on them should die.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
In the manner of a vandal, he has slain for profit or sport.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
He even carried his vandalisms out to the old gateway.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 3, 1914" by Various
Vandals might and did survive for a considerable period in ineffective fragments, but not as a power.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
They were the only people we saw and the destruction of the town looked like the most ruthless piece of vandalism.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
When Goth and Vandal barbarians overran Rome, the negro was the slave of the Roman Empire.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Luce paused in her task of placing the knives and forks to look at the vandal.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
What are some of the proofs of his vandalism?
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
For thousands of years Germany has let loose its hordes upon Europe; Vandals, Visigoths, Alains, Franks, Herules.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
***

In poetry:

There no vandal foot has trod,
And the pirate hosts that wander
Shall never profane the sacred sod
Of those beautiful Isles out yonder.
"The "Happy Isles" of Horace" by Eugene Field
There no vandal foot has trod,
And the pirate hordes that wander
Shall never profane the sacred sod
Of those beautiful isles out yonder.
"The Happy Isles" by Eugene Field
Now has the foe—the vandal foe—
Struck from my hands their pride and glory;
There let it lie! In vengeance, I
Shall wield another weapon, gory!
"Beranger's "Broken Fiddle"" by Eugene Field
Methinks I still can hear,
Sounding distinct and near,
The Vandal monarch's cry,
As, captive and disgraced,
With majestic step he paced,--
"All, all is Vanity!"
"Belisarius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For him, with sails of red,
And torches at mast-head,
Piloting the great fleet,
I swept the Afric coasts
And scattered the Vandal hosts,
Like dust in a windy street.
"Belisarius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When from the East invading Vandals pour'd,
And selfish ignorance restrain'd our hand,
Thy voice was first to bid us draw the sword
To guard our liberties and save our land.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Park officials say five cases against vandals have been made at the site including four in the last two months.
Vermont Power Line Vandalism Cost Utilities $1.25 Million.
Christian Monastery In Jerusalem Vandalized.
Probe continues into frat house thefts, vandalism.
The Vandals (17-12, 8-5 Western Athletic) used a 24-9 run in the first half to take a commanding 42-24 lead.
Columbus — Authorities in Delaware County are searching for the teenagers responsible for vandalizing a Lewis Center residence in August.
Federal Trade Commission and National Consumer Protection Week were vandalized.
Vandalized in August, cracks remain visible on several of the large dual-pane windows of the new Redskins Arena gymnasium that opened in September at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Dallas Gang Vandalism Harass Residents.
Ketner says it took Lubbock police three hours to respond to the call of the vandalized signs early Sunday morning.
On Saturday Casey Barth broke another school record as the Tar Heels rolled all over the Idaho Vandals.
House of Worship Vandalized.
I think that it's ridiculous that kids would go and vandalize a school by spray-painting obscene words just for fun, especially if it's their own school ("Vandals target Rocklin, Whitney High," Sept 27).
Ventura County officials are investigating vandalism at a school in El Rio.
A Vietnam memorial which once stood outside Van Raalte School was vandalized in 2009.
***

In science:

The site was initially uncovered by vandals.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Worsley, K. J., Marrett, S., Neelin, P., Vandal, A. C., Friston, K. J., and Evans, A. C. 1996. A unified statistical approach for determining significant signals in images of cerebral activation. Human Brain Mapping, 4(1):58-73.
Efficient statistical analysis of large correlated multivariate datasets: a case study on brain connectivity matrices
This is one of the devices through which Wikipedians effectively combat vandalism, and one of the main forms of communication among Wikipedians.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
One of the most salient features of Wikipedia and an essential safeguard against vandalism is the ability of administrators to block users.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
One can decompose the question of quality into two general categories: immunity to vandalism and level of development.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
***