vandal


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vandal \Van"dal\, Vandalic \Van*dal"ic\, a.
   Of or pertaining to the Vandals; resembling the Vandals in
   barbarism and destructiveness.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vandal \Van"dal\, n. [L. Vandalus, Vandalius; of Teutonic
   origin, and probably originally signifying, a wanderer. Cf.
   Wander.]
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   1. (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.
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   2. Hence, one who willfully destroys or defaces any work of
      art or literature, or anything valluable.
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            The Vandals of our isle,
            Sworn foes to sense and law.          --Cowper.
      [1913 Webster] Vandal
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