1. Behavior that causes annoyance or difficulty: tried to keep the kids from engaging in any mischief.
a. Damage, destruction, or injury caused by a specific person or thing: the mischief done by a faulty gene.
b. Archaic A specific injury or harm done: "Instead of doing them a service, you meant to do them a mischief?" (Charles Dickens).
3. The inclination or tendency to play pranks or get into trouble: eyes that gleamed with mischief.
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