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Meaning of MISCHIEF

Pronunciation:  'mistshif

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
  2. [n]  the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

MISCHIEF is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: balefulness, devilment, devilry, deviltry, maleficence, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan
 Antonyms: beneficence
 See Also: blaze, evil, evilness, hell, hooliganism, malicious mischief, misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed, vandalism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mis"chief\, n. [OE. meschef bad result, OF. meschief;
    pref. mes- (L. minus less) + chief end, head, F. chef chief.
    See {Minus}, and {Chief}.]
    1. 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. --Chaucer.
             Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs.        --Ps. lii. 2.
             The practice whereof shall, I hope, secure me from
             many mischiefs.                       --Fuller.
    2. Cause of trouble or vexation; trouble. --Milton.
             The mischief was, these allies would never allow
             that the common enemy was subdued.    --Swift.
    {To be in mischief}, to be doing harm or causing annoyance.
    {To make mischief}, to do mischief, especially by exciting
    {To play the mischief}, to cause great harm; to throw into
       confusion. [Colloq.]
    Syn: Damage; harm; hurt; injury; detriment; evil; ill.
    Usage: {Mischief}, {Damage}, {Harm}. Damage is an injury
           which diminishes the value of a thing; harm is an
           injury which causes trouble or inconvenience; mischief
           is an injury which disturbs the order and consistency
           of things. We often suffer damage or harm from
           accident, but mischief always springs from perversity
           or folly.
  2. \Mis"chief\, v. t.
    To do harm to. [Obs.] --Milton.
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