Definition of vandalize in US English:


(British vandalise)


[with object]
  • Deliberately destroy or damage (public or private property)

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