Synonyms and Antonyms of mischief

  1. 1 playful, reckless behavior that is not intended to cause serious harm the children claimed that setting off a firecracker was harmless mischief, but they got a lecture anyway Synonyms of mischief devilishness, devilment, devilry (or deviltry), diablerie, espièglerie, hob, impishness, knavery, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan(s), waggery, waggishness, wickedness Words Related to mischief diabolicalness, misbehavior, misconduct, naughtiness, troublemaking; buffoonery, friskiness, playfulness, sportiveness; chicanery, trickery; goings-on, hanky-panky, high jinks (also hijinks), monkey business, monkeying, monkeyshine(s), skylarking, tomfoolery; horseplay, roughhousing; antic, caper, dido, practical joke, trick; aggravation, annoyance, exasperation, irritation Near Antonyms of mischief gravitas, gravity, seriousness, solemnity, solemnness

  2. 2 a natural disposition for playful behavior your mother was full of mischief as a child, believe it or not Synonyms of mischief coltishness, espièglerie, friskiness, impishness, larkiness, playfulness, mischievousness, prankishness, sportfulness, sportiveness, tricksinessWords Related to mischief coyness, kittenishness; archness, devilment, devilry (or deviltry), hob, rascality, roguishness, waggery; devilishness, diabolicalness, knavery; frivolousness; energy, liveliness, spiritedness, sprightliness, spunkiness, vivaciousness, vivacity; gaiety (also gayety), jocularity, jocundity, lightheartedness, mirthfulness, whimsicalityNear Antonyms of mischief graveness, grimness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, solemnity, solemnness, sternness; priggishness, starchiness, stuffiness; constraint, restraint, self-controlAntonyms of mischief earnestness, soberness, sobersidedness

  3. 3 an appealingly mischievous person he's a little mischief who means no harm Synonyms of mischief devil, hellion, imp, scamp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, urchinWords Related to mischief cutup, larker, madcap, skylarker; ragamuffin; brat, disrupter, misbehaver, nuisance; juvenile delinquent; gamin, gamineNear Antonyms of mischief beast, boor, cad, churl, clown, creep, cretin, cur, heel, joker, louse, lout, skunk, snake, stinkard, stinker; knave, miscreant, reprobate, scalawag (or scallywag), scapegrace, scoundrel, varlet, villain

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to suppress quietly or indirectly

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