mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan(noun)
reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
maleficence, mischief, balefulness(noun)
the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
Harm or evil caused by an agent or brought about by a particular cause.
One who causes mischief. In a milder sense, one who causes petty annoyances. mischief-maker.
Vexatious or annoying conduct.
harm; damage; esp., disarrangement of order; trouble or vexation caused by human agency or by some living being, intentionally or not; often, calamity, mishap; trivial evil caused by thoughtlessness, or in sport
cause of trouble or vexation; trouble
to do harm to
The etymology of the word comes from Old French meschief, which means "misfortune,' from meschever, "to end badly." In United States criminal law, mischief is an offense against property that does not involve conversion. It typically involves any damage, defacement, alteration, or destruction of property. Common forms include vandalism, graffiti, or some other destruction or defacement of property other than arson. Governed by state law, criminal mischief is committed when a perpetrator, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he/she has such right, intentionally damages property of another person, intentionally participates in the destruction of property of another person, or participates in the reckless damage or destruction of property of another person. Criminal mischief is usually a misdemeanor. In computer science and hacker jargon, mischief is a form of attack that clearly indicates the breach of the system and constitutes a form of injury or an infringement of rights, more specifically invasion of privacy, against which legal action can be taken to secure damages. Grey hat hackers often use mischief as a way to signal security breaches to system administrators.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mis′chif, n. an ill consequence: evil: injury: damage, hurt: (coll.) the devil, as in 'What the mischief,' &c.—n. Mis′chief-mak′er, one who incites to mischief.—adjs. Mis′chief-mak′ing, causing mischief; Mis′chievous, causing mischief: injurious: prone to mischief.—adv. Mis′chievously.—n. Mis′chievousness.—Play the mischief with, to disturb anything greatly. [O. Fr. meschef, from mes-, ill, chef—L. caput, the head.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
See MASTER OF MISRULE.
naughty behavior, misbehaviour in a playful way sometimes causing harm
The little mischiefs of childhood are no longer funny.
The numerical value of mischief in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of mischief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of mischief in a Sentence
Acquisitions of nascent competitors can be pro-competitive in certain instances and anti-competitive in others, i will note the potential for mischief if the purpose and effect of an acquisition is to block potential competitors, protect a monopoly, or otherwise harm competition.
It's clear that mail-in voting works, the opportunity for mischief is minimal at best. I have a lot of faith that we get a fair and accurate count.
I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
Criminal mischief, swastikas, property damage are no different to us than robberies and assaults. They're all victimizing an entire community -- sometimes a world-wide community -- so not being able to get closure for that community is difficult for all of us here, our cases don't just victimize the victim. They victimize a group.
It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.
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- rošťárna, rošťák, darebáctví, darebák, vandal, spoušť, škodaCzech
- drygioni, direidiWelsh
- Unheil, Unfug, StörenfriedGerman
- αταξία, άτακτος, διαβολιά, σκανδαλιάρηςGreek
- revoltoso, travesura, picardía, travieso, diablura, maldad, dañoSpanish
- kiusanteko, ilkamointi, kujeilu, ilkivalta, pahanteko, jäynäFinnish
- espièglerie, sottise, bêtise, espiègle, polissonnerieFrench
- trioblaidScottish Gaelic
- bajkeverő, bajHungarian
- danno, malandrino, birbone, birboneria, vessatorio, malanno, bravata, indisponente, dispettoItalian
- 悪戯, いたずらっ子Japanese
- niegodziwość, szkodaPolish
- озорник, шалость, зло, вред, проказник, шалун, озорствоRussian
- potvorstvo, darebák, potvora, zlota, nezbedníkSlovak
- bråkstake, hyss, buse, bråkmakare, ofog, bus, odågaSwedish
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