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- IPA(key): /ˈmɪs.t͡ʃɪ.vəs/, also /mɪs.'t͡ʃi.vi.əs/ (often along with the spelling misch(i)evious)
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- Causing mischief; injurious.
1793, Joseph Butler, The Analogy of Religion:
- ...; that good and bad actions at present are naturally rewarded and punished, not only as beneficial and mischievous to society, but also as virtuous and civious; ...
1892, Henry Sidgwick, Outlines of the History of Ethics:
- On the whole, therefore, he concludes that the point of indulgence at which these self-passions or self-affections begin to be mischievous to the individual coincides with that at which they begin to be mischievous to society; ...
- Troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved.
- Matthew had a twin brother called Edward, who was always mischievous and badly behaved.
- (causing mischief): harmful, hurtful, detrimental, noxious, pernicious, destructive; see also Wikisaurus:harmful
- (badly-behaved): badly-behaved, naughty
- mischievous in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “mischievous”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- mischievous at OneLook Dictionary Search