Definition of malicious mischief in US English:

malicious mischief


  • The willful destruction of another person's property for vicious, wanton, or mischievous purposes.

    • ‘Scotland also has a common law offence of ‘malicious mischief’ that could possibly be used to prosecute DoS attacks.’
    • ‘In Washington, a person is guilty of malicious mischief if he or she knowingly and maliciously causes physical damage to the property of another.’
    • ‘I'll start with this: They need to change the values that are required for thefts and malicious mischiefs to qualify as felonies.’
    • ‘It may be that Mr. Mitchell assumed that it would relieve the insurers from all risk arising from vandalism, sabotage and malicious mischief.’
    • ‘Arrests for trespassing, vandalism and malicious mischief would go a long way to help discourage this activity and build data on the activists.’