malicious mischief


: willful, wanton, or reckless damage to or destruction of another's property

Examples of malicious mischief in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sherman will have to return to court Friday morning for a hearing on four pending charges: misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes of second degree criminal trespass and third degree malicious mischief (with domestic violence designations), DUI, and resisting arrest. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Sherman, who was released from jail Thursday, had a court arraignment scheduled Friday on five criminal charges: driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment of road workers, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and malicious mischief. CBS News, 16 July 2021 Sherman, who spent the past three seasons with the 49ers and is vice president of the NFL Players Association executive committee, is in custody at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, facing charges of burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest and malicious mischief. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 2021 Murray was booked at the Clark County jail on accusations of second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, second-degree malicious mischief and first-degree arson. oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2022 McLaurin was charged with malicious mischief, Houston said. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 10 Nov. 2022 Resources that should be devoted to ensuring the smooth execution of November’s balloting are instead being diverted to respond to malicious mischief. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 The man, 22, was charged with robbery, kidnapping, extortion, unlawful possession of a firearm and malicious mischief, all in the first degree. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 25 Aug. 2022 The 22-year-old was charged with first-degree robbery, kidnapping, extortion, unlawful possession of a firearm and malicious mischief. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malicious mischief was in 1769

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“Malicious mischief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

malicious mischief

malicious mis·​chief
: the act or offense of intentionally damaging or destroying another's property (as from feelings of ill will) compare vandalism
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