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 for mischief
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mischief \Mis"chief\ (m[i^]s"ch[i^]f), n. [OE. meschef bad
     result, OF. meschief; pref. mes- (L. minus less) + chief end,
     head, F. chef chief. See Minus, and Chief.]
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     1. Harm; damage; esp., disarrangement of order; trouble or
        vexation caused by human agency or by some living being,
        intentionally or not; often, calamity, mishap; trivial
        evil caused by thoughtlessness, or in sport. --Chaucer.
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              Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs.        --Ps. lii. 2.
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              The practice whereof shall, I hope, secure me from
              many mischiefs.                       --Fuller.
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     2. Cause of trouble or vexation; trouble. --Milton.
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              The mischief was, these allies would never allow
              that the common enemy was subdued.    --Swift.
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     To be in mischief, to be doing harm or causing annoyance.
     To make mischief, to do mischief, especially by exciting
     To play the mischief, to cause great harm; to throw into
        confusion. [Colloq.]
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     Syn: Damage; harm; hurt; injury; detriment; evil; ill.
     Usage: Mischief, Damage, Harm. Damage is an injury
            which diminishes the value of a thing; harm is an
            injury which causes trouble or inconvenience; mischief
            is an injury which disturbs the order and consistency
            of things. We often suffer damage or harm from
            accident, but mischief always springs from perversity
            or folly.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mischief \Mis"chief\, v. t.
     To do harm to. [Obs.] --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or
           annoyance in others [syn: mischief, mischief-making,
           mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment,
           rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan]
      2: the quality or nature of being harmful or evil [syn:
         maleficence, mischief, balefulness] [ant:

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  167 Moby Thesaurus words for "mischief":
     Discordia, Eris, abomination, atrocity, bad, bad boy, badness,
     bane, bankruptcy, befoulment, blight, booger, breakage, breakdown,
     buffoon, bugger, clash, clashing, collapse, conflict, contention,
     corruption, crack-up, crippling, crying evil, cutup, damage,
     defilement, despoliation, destruction, detriment, devil,
     devilishness, devilment, devilry, deviltry, diablerie, difference,
     difficulty, dilapidation, disablement, disaccord, disadvantage,
     disaffinity, discord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony,
     disrepair, disruption, dissension, dissent, division, drawback,
     elf, elfishness, encroachment, enfant terrible, enmity, evil,
     foolishness, friction, funmaker, grievance, handicap, hardship,
     harm, havoc, high spirits, hobbling, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, hurt,
     hurting, ill, imp, impairment, impishness, incapacitation,
     incompatibility, incompatibleness, infection, infringement,
     inharmoniousness, inharmony, injury, inroad, jangle, jar, joker,
     jokester, knave, liability, limb, little devil, little monkey,
     little rascal, loss, loss of ground, maiming, mayhem, minx,
     misbehavior, mischief-maker, mischievousness, misfortune,
     monkey business, monkeyshines, mutilation, naughtiness,
     noncooperation, open conflict, outrage, pixie, playfulness, poison,
     pollution, practical joker, prankishness, pranksomeness, prankster,
     prejudice, puck, puckishness, rapscallion, rascal, rascality,
     rogue, roguery, roguishness, rowdy, rub, ruffian, ruin, ruination,
     ruinousness, sabotage, scalawag, scamp, scampishness, scapegrace,
     scathe, shenanigans, sickening, spoiling, sportiveness,
     step backward, strained relations, strife, tension, the worst,
     toxin, trouble, unharmoniousness, unpleasantness, variance, venom,
     vexation, villain, wag, waggery, waggishness, weakening, woe,
     wrong, youthful spirits

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