One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a mischievous child’
naughty, bad, badly behaved, misbehaving, disobedient, troublesome, vexatious, full of mischief
rascally, roguish, prankish, delinquent
well behaved, good
2‘a mischievous smile’
playful, teasing, wicked, impish, puckish, roguish, waggish, arch
malicious, malevolent, hostile, spiteful, bitter, venomous, poisonous, evil-intentioned, ill-natured, evil, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, rancorous, malign, malignant, pernicious, mean, nasty, harmful, hurtful, destructive, wounding, cruel, unkind, defamatory
informal bitchy, catty
literary malefic, maleficent
harmless, well intentioned
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