Definition of vandalize in English:



  • Deliberately destroy or damage (public or private property)

    ‘stations have been wrecked and vandalized beyond recognition’
    • ‘Some young people get drunk and vandalise property.’
    • ‘We must send out a message that to vandalise public facilities is neither big nor clever.’
    • ‘They have vandalised property, strewn litter and intimidated staff and residents.’
    • ‘This teacher went to jail and lost her job after tackling a bunch of youths who'd been terrorising her and vandalising her property.’
    • ‘Almost every night drunken youngsters are shouting abuse at their neighbours and vandalising property.’
    • ‘A Bradford clergyman has condemned the ‘malicious’ acts of vandals who show lack of respect and vandalise church property.’
    • ‘The people who are taking part in this anti-social behaviour are asked to think about the consequences of their actions before they vandalise their community again.’
    • ‘Youngsters have been blamed for vandalising phone boxes and public benches, smashing windows and setting light to hedges in the town.’
    • ‘I watched as they vandalized school property and damaged just about everything inside that classroom.’
    • ‘You can't even tell someone not to vandalise public property without getting attacked these days.’
    • ‘Windows had been broken, houses pelted by eggs and apples, cars damaged and property vandalised.’
    • ‘Have you ever seriously vandalized someone's property?’
    • ‘They have been harassed at work and their property has been vandalized.’
    • ‘The top floor of the unit was vandalised, with damage understood to have run into thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘After years of asking the locals not to congregate in front of his business, he confronted a group he believed vandalized some of his property.’
    • ‘Vandals have wrecked trees and vandalised a bus stop in a quiet residential street.’
    • ‘When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property?’
    • ‘Property is still being damaged and cars are still being vandalised on a regular basis.’
    • ‘If your neighbour was infringing on your right to run your business or was vandalizing your property would you say nothing?’
    • ‘The new community centre will replace the old one which has been vandalised beyond repair.’