malicious mischief


Definition of 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 He was arrested later that night and eventually charged with assault, drive-by shooting, unlawful possession of a firearm and malicious mischief. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Geography is destiny for juvenile offenders in America," 5 Sep. 2020 Those arrested, all of whom are white, are under investigation for malicious harassment, assault, malicious mischief and DUI, said the Snohomish County sheriff’s Office. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "DJ at Lynnwood tavern attacked; 9 arrested in melee involving racial slurs," 8 Dec. 2018 Rowe has a long string of previous arrests, according to jail records, having been accused of malicious mischief, property damage, assault and harassment in previous incidents, jail records showed. David K. Li, NBC News, "Korean men in Seattle targeted by attacker screaming 'I hate Chinese'," 2 Jan. 2020 Rowe was booked on three criminal counts — malicious mischief, malicious harassment and a hate crime, according to King County Jail records. David K. Li, NBC News, "Korean men in Seattle targeted by attacker screaming 'I hate Chinese'," 2 Jan. 2020 On July 27, 2017, he was arrested by the Seattle Police Department and charged with burglary and malicious mischief, but he was released without ICE having time to lodge the detainer against him, according to the agency. Fox News, "ICE says Washington murder suspect was released twice before, despite detainers," 16 Nov. 2019 Churchman was wanted for multiple charges, including domestic violence, burglary in the first degree, theft of a firearm, domestic violence malicious mischief in the second degree and interfering with reporting. Emily Goodykoontz | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Man arrested after barricading himself in parents’ Clark County home, police say," 11 Oct. 2019 He was arrested for malicious mischief, according to the report, which cited a probable cause statement from the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. Fox News, "Washington man allegedly claims Ariana Grande told him to cut power lines," 25 Aug. 2019 Sheriff’s deputies were called, and Thomas made a citizen’s arrest on Chance, charging him with malicious mischief. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "What happened to CHP officer who fatally shot his neighbor in dispute over fence? | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of malicious mischief

1769, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2020

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“Malicious mischief.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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Legal Definition of malicious mischief

: the act or offense of intentionally damaging or destroying another's property (as from feelings of ill will) — compare vandalism

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