Mischief

Definition of Mischief

Mis´chief   Pronunciation: mĭs´chĭf
n.1.
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.
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.
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 quarrels.
To play the mischief
to cause great harm; to throw into confusion.
v. t.1.To do harm to.

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