mischievousness

[ mis-chuh-vuh s ]SEE DEFINITION OF mischievousness
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He suspected that the chief emotions he inspired were curiosity and mischievousness.

But the mischievousness of Utilitarianism does not stop here.

Pranks they seem to us, but we may be sure there is some method in their mischievousness.

Green parrots owe their unpopularity to their mischievousness and their noisiness.

Mischievously and mischievousness are also accented on the first syllable.

Or again, a mischievousness and mockery would steal into her mood.

If the subject is horrible, we have to blame the composition of human character, or the mischievousness of a human institution.

The red-headed boy was a mixture of good-heartedness and mischievousness that both delighted Nancy and horrified her.

"She is incapable of it," exclaimed Madam Dowghiello; and they had to explain her niece's mischievousness.

Hence, given the strength of the temptation, the mischievousness of the disposition is as the apparent mischievousness of the act.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "unfortunate, disastrous," probably from mischief + -ous. Sense of "playfully malicious or annoying" first recorded 1670s. Related: Mischievously; mischievousness.

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