transitive verb
mis·​chieve | \ məs(h)ˈchēv \

Definition of mischieve

1 archaic : mischief
2 archaic : abuse, revile

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History and Etymology for mischieve

Middle English mischeven, from Middle French meschever to come to misfortune, from Old French, from mes- mis entry 1 + -cheves (from chef, chief end, head)

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“Mischieve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mischieve. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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