vandalism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vandalism willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
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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".
    • n Vandalism The spirit or conduct of the Vandals; ferocious cruelty; hostility to the arts and literature, or willful destruction or defacement of any object of beauty or value.
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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 vandalism The conduct of Vandals.
    • n vandalism [lowercase] Wilful or ignorant destruction of artistic or literary treasures; hostility to or irreverence or contempt for what is beautiful or venerable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vandalism hostility to arts or literature
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. Vandali, Vinduli—the Teut. name seen in Dut. Wenden, the Wends.

Usage

In literature:

It rests with you to prevent the revival of such vandalism.
"India: What can it teach us?" by F. Max Müller
You must possess the taste of a Goth or Vandal, to turn such noble lines into your low ridicule!
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
It says the Vandals martyred her.
"The Maidens' Lodge" by Emily Sarah Holt
The vandalism of the Revolution of 1789 was perpetrated in cold blood.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
Their popular appeal was "to drive the Goths and Vandals" from the capital.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
The church suffered from vandalism in 1701 and 1855, and the east end is used as the parish church.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
This was the first piece of vandalism I noticed, and I protested against it.
"The House" by Eugene Field
No, you shall have no more beauty to annihilate, little Vandal.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
His heart sank within him; he was overcome by this piece of vandalism.
"The Violin" by George Hart
The traditions of Romand Helvetia have preserved the memory of the establishment of Vandal or Burgundian hordes in that part of Gaul.
"The Counts of Gruyère" by Mrs. Reginald de Koven
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In poetry:

AH, Pierrot,
Where is thy Columbine?
What vandal could untwine
That gay rose-rope of thine,
And spill thy joy like wine,
Poor Pierrot?
"At Columbine's Grave" by Bliss William Carman
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
Meantime, the vandal, face aflame,
Surveyed it dying in his grasp,
Yet knew no grief nor sense of shame
In watching for its final gasp.
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
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
No other would presume, I ween,
To trifle with this hirsute wonder,
Else would I rise in vengeful mien
And rend his vandal frame asunder!
"Beard And Baby" 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

In news:

Vandals decapitate Frosty, shank Santa.
'Price Tag' campaign widens: vandals hit Israeli army base, mosques.
Vandals deface Jerusalem church with anti-Christian graffiti.
State police in Meadville announced the vandalism in a news release, but didn't offer specifics.
Several headstones were vandalized over that weekend.
Die-off , not vandals, killed Detroit aquarium fish.
's were blown up, set ablaze and otherwise vandalized in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Texas.
Vandalism and Violent Acts That Sabotage Experiments Are a Threat to All Researchers.
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, 26, charged with vandalism and public intoxication following a chain of events early Sunday morning at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue where White was a guest.
Eight buses in the Cutter Morning Star School District vandalized over the weekend but investigators have the suspected vandals caught on tape.
Planter vandalized on Main Street, Vineyard Haven.
Vandals' graffiti targets include Evansville Police office, liquor store.
La Porte High vandals caught on camera.
Investigators hope surveillance video will help them identify suspects who vandalized La Porte High School's pool on the Fourth of July.
One man's vandalism is another's political art.
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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
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