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Mischief, subst. 1) fatal event, calamity, misfortune: “so in thyself thyself art made away, a m. worse than civil home-bred strife,” Ven. 764. “invert what best is boded me to m.” Tp. III, 1, 71. “any extremity rather than a m.” Wiv. IV, 2, 76. “apply a moral medicine to a mortifying m.” Ado I, 3, 13. “I pray God his bad voice bode no m.” II, 3, 83. “O m. strangely thwarting,” III, 2, 135. “a portent of broached m. to the unborn times,” H4A V, 1, 21. “so success of m. shall be born,” H4B IV, 2, 47. “had your watch been good, this sudden m. never could have fallen,” H6A II, 1, 59. “a plaguing m. light on Charles,” V, 3, 39. “till m. and despair drive you to break your necks,” V, 4, 90. “m., thou art afoot,” Caes. III, 2, 265. “a m. that is past and gone,” Oth. I, 3, 204. Oth. I, 3, 204
Even in a subjective sense, == misery: here they (our griefs) “are felt and seen with --'s eyes,” Per. I, 4, 8 (Steevens mistful, Walker misery's).
2) evil done on purpose, harm, injury: “for --s manifold and sorceries,” Tp. I, 2, 264. “any model to build m. on,” Ado I, 3, 49. “my thoughts are ripe in m.” Tw. V, 132. “would mean m.” Wint. IV, 4, 197. John III, 2, 3. H4B IV, 2, 14. H5 IV, 3, 106. IV, 7, 186. H6A III, 1, 115. H6B IV, 8, 59. V, 2, 84. R3 I, 3, 325. H8 I, 1, 160. I, 2, 187. II, 1, 66. V, 1, 49. Tit. III, 1, 274. V, 1, 65. V, 1, 65 Rom. V, 1, 35. Tim. IV, 3, 168. Caes. IV, 1, 51. Hml. III, 2, 148. Lr. III, 7, 82. With a genitive: “wherever you wait on nature's m.” Mcb. I, 5, 51 (i. e. on harm done to human life, on the destruction of life; cf. Nature). with the m. of your person it (his displeasure) “would scarcely allay,” Lr. I, 2, 178. “to do m.:” Tp. IV, 217. H4B II, 1, 16. Lr. IV, 2, 55. “to do a p. m.:” Mids. II, 1, 237. Mids. II, 1, 237 Caes. III, 1, 93. “to do to a p. m.:” Cor. IV, 5, 73. “to make m.” H8 II, 1, 22. “to work m.” Lucr. 960. H6A III, 2, 39. H6B II, 1, 186.
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