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English definition of “mischievous”

mischievous

adjective     /ˈmɪs.tʃɪ.vəs/
behaving in a way, or describing behaviour , that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage : She has a mischievous sense of humour . a book about the mischievous antics of his ten-year-old daughter Bad but attractive expressing or suggesting mischief : a mischievous grin Bad but attractive describes behaviour or words that are intended to cause harm or trouble : I think these rumours are mischievous.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant mischievously     /-li/ adverb to grin mischievouslyBad but attractive mischievousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Bad but attractiveBad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
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