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mischief

mis·chief

mischief

 
pronunciation:
mIs chihf
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: conduct or behavior, esp. of a teasing or provoking sort, that causes annoyance and sometimes damage or injury.
His mother told him to be good for the baby-sitter and not get into any mischief.The kids were up to some mischief in the school yard last night.For sneaking into the girls' tent, throwing water balloons, and engaging in other acts of mischief, the camp counselor called the boys' parents.
 
synonyms:
devilment, elfishness, impishness, monkey business, naughtiness, rascality, roguery, shenanigans
similar words:
disobedience, escapade, misbehavior, misconduct, tomfoolery
definition 2: the quality or disposition that leads to such behavior.
From that angelic face, you would never guess how much mischief is in him.
synonyms:
elfishness, impishness, naughtiness, rascality
definition 3: destruction or harm caused by a specific agent.
Police are still looking for those who perpetrated the mischief at the home of the union organizer.
synonyms:
flak, prank, provocation
similar words:
annoyance, commotion, distress, foul play, pother, trouble, unrest
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