Mischief

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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But the wind, as if satisfied at last with its mischievous pranks, stopped blowing this ocean and hurried away to another part of the world to blow something else; so that the waves, not being joggled any more, began to quiet down and behave themselves.
Graham, in a tone of merely casual inquiry, but with a sidelong glance - intended to be playfully mischievous - really, brimful and running over with malice.
And the same mischievous smile lingered for a long time on her face as if it had been forgotten there.
The children had discovered the glittering hoard, and when in a mischievous mood used to fling showers of moidores, diamonds, pearls and pieces of eight to the gulls, who pounced upon them for food, and then flew away, raging at the scurvy trick that had been played upon them.
At that precise moment the travelers should have alighted upon it, if the mischievous meteor had not diverted their course.
As to those, they are cruel, mischievous creatures; they would be right in exterminating them."
"It is a massacre of mischievous creatures," replied the Captain; "and the Nautilus is not a butcher's knife."
'mischievous urchins,' I shall go away and break with you altogether.
She had light yellow hair, mischievous blue eyes with the light of humor ever twinkling in their depths, and a large, perfectly formed mouth, with that slight upward curve of the corners which goes with a keen appreciation of fun, suggesting even in repose that a latent smile is ever lurking at the edges of the lips.
The girls were dressed alike in dark skirts, with light pink tennis blouses and pink bands on their straw hats, so that as they stood with the soft red of the setting sun tinging their faces, Clara, demure and quiet, Ida, mischievous and daring, it was a group which might have pleased the eye of a more exacting critic than the old sailor.
In her book "My Husband And I: The Inside Story Of 70 Years Of The Royal Marriage," royal author Ingrid Seward revealed that (https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1167633/Prince-Andrew-humiliation-Queen-Elizabeth-ii-save-Andrew-Windsor-Castle-palace-staff) Prince Andrew was mischievous when he was a child.
Summary: Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Aug 18 (ANI): Principal Secretary of Planning Commission in Jammu Kashmir, Rohit Kansal on Sunday said that cases of hooliganism and mischievous elements creating disturbances were reported from certain areas but was dealt with by local security agencies.