[17] The term vandal commemorates a Germanic tribe, the Vandals, who sacked Rome in 455 AD, and thereby earned themselves a reputation as destroyers of civilization. Their name for themselves was *Wandal-, which etymologically means ‘wanderer’.
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   The word for a person who damages or destroys property derives from the name of the Vandals, the Germanic people that invaded Western Europe in the 4th and 5th centuries AD.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.


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  • Vandal — Dreiseitenriss der Vandal p1 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • vandal — VANDÁL, vandali, s.m. 1. Persoană care făcea parte din grupul de triburi de origine germanică care au coborât în sec. V de pe ţărmul Mării Baltice ajungând până în nordul Africii unde au întemeiat un regat şi de unde au pătruns în Roma, jefuind… …   Dicționar Român

  • vandal — van·dal / vand əl/ n [Vandal, member of a Germanic tribe who sacked Rome in A.D. 455]: a person who willfully destroys, damages, or defaces property belonging to another or to the public Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • vandal — 1660s, willful destroyer of what is beautiful or venerable, from Vandals, name of the Germanic tribe that sacked Rome in 455 under Genseric, from L. Vandalus (pl. Vandali), from the tribe s name for itself (O.E. Wendlas), from P.Gmc. *Wandal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • vandal — ► NOUN 1) a person who deliberately destroys or damages property. 2) (Vandal) a member of a Germanic people that ravaged Gaul, Spain, Rome, and North Africa in the 4th 5th centuries. DERIVATIVES vandalism noun. ORIGIN Latin Vandalus …   English terms dictionary

  • Vandal — [van dal′ikvan′dəl] n. [L Vandalus < Gmc base * wandal > OE Wendil, ON Vendill] 1. a member of an East Germanic people that ravaged Gaul, Spain, and N Africa and sacked Rome (A.D. 455) 2. [v ] a person who, out of malice or ignorance,… …   English World dictionary

  • Vandal — Van dal, Vandalic Van*dal ic, a. Of or pertaining to the Vandals; resembling the Vandals in barbarism and destructiveness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vandal — Van dal, n. [L. Vandalus, Vandalius; of Teutonic origin, and probably originally signifying, a wanderer. Cf. {Wander}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anc. Hist.) One of a Teutonic race, formerly dwelling on the south shore of the Baltic, the most barbarous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vandal — (spr. wangdall), Albert, franz. Historiker, geb. 1853 in Paris, 1897 Mitglied der französischen Akademie, schrieb: »Louis XV et Elisabeth de Russie« (1882, 3. Aufl. 1896); »Le Pacha Bonneval« (1885); »Une ambassade française en Orient sous Louis… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Vandal — (spr. wangdáll), Albert, franz. Historiker, geb. 7. Juli 1853 in Paris, Mitglied der Franz. Akademie; schrieb: »Louis XV et Elisabeth de Russie« (1882), »Napoléon et Alexandre I« (2 Bde., 1891 93) u.a …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Vandal — Surtout porté dans le Pas de Calais, c est une variante du flamand Van Daal, Van Dael (également Vandaal, Vandael, Vandaele), désignant celui qui est originaire d un lieu dit Dael, Daele (= la vallée) …   Noms de famille

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