mischief

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Related to mischiefs: waggishly, mischievousness, full of mischief

Mischief

A specific injury or damage caused by another person's action or inaction. In Civil Law, a person who suffered physical injury due to the Negligence of another person could allege mischief in a lawsuit in tort. For example, if a baseball is hit through a person's window by accident, and the resident within is injured, mischief can be claimed. It is distinct from malicious mischief, which is a criminal act usually involving reckless or intentional behavior such as Vandalism.

mischief

noun annoyance, criminality, cruelty, damage, damnum, danger, detriment, devilment, deviltry, disservice, evil, evil conduct, fault, foul play, frolicsomeness, harm, harmmul action, hurt, ill consequence, impishness, incommodum, injurious conduct, injuriousness, injury, injustice, maleficium, malicious action, malignity, maltreatment, meanness, misbehavior, misconduct, misdoing, misusage, molestation, nastiness, naughtiness, nuisance, outrage, prankishness, puckishness, rascality, roguery, ruin, transgression, trouble, vice, villainy, waggery, waggishness, wickedness, wrong, wrongdoing
Associated concepts: malicious mischief
See also: disservice, harm, misdoing
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Each of these elements in excess makes a mischief as hurtful as its defect.
I should have gone alone after the birds; nay, I did go at first, and he only followed me to prevent more mischief.
I scarce ever looked towards him in public, or answered if he spoke to me when anybody was near us; but for all that, we had every now and then a little encounter, where we had room for a word or two, an now and then a kiss, but no fair opportunity for the mischief intended; and especially considering that he made more circumlocution than, if he had known by thoughts, he had occasion for; and the work appearing difficult to him, he really made it so.
Harrod's fort was then defended by only sixty-five men, and Boonsborough by twenty-two, there being no more forts or white men in the country, except at the Falls, a considerable distance from these, and all taken collectively, were but a handful to the numerous warriors that were every where dispersed through the country, intent upon doing all the mischief that savage barbarity could invent.
Our affairs began to wear a new aspect, and the enemy, not daring to venture on open war, practised secret mischief at times.
Their connections were dissolved, their armies scattered, and a future invasion put entirely out of their power; yet they continued to practise mischief secretly upon the inhabitants, in the exposed parts of the country.
From that time, until the happy return of peace between the United States and Great-Britain, the Indians did us no mischief.
WHITLEY Mischiefs hosted Solihull Saints in English Under-10 North Division Two at Hillheads.
would, it self, furnish strong grounds for a liberal construction; and could not now be disturbed, without introducing a train of serious mischiefs.
WHITLEY Bay Mischiefs picked up their first under-10 North Midlands League victory of the season with a 13-2 win at Sutton Sting.
Whitley Bay Mischiefs finished seventh out of eight at the annual Sheffield Under-10 Tournament at Ice Sheffield at the weekend.
Whitley Bay Mischiefs hosted their final under-10 North/Midlands League match of the season at Hillheads when they faced Nottingham Pumas at Hillheads.