malicious mischief

malicious mischief
malicious mis·chief n: the act or offense of intentionally damaging or destroying another's property (as from feelings of ill will) compare vandalism

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

malicious mischief
in Scots criminal law, the crime of damaging another's property. It requires a deliberate disregard of the other's property rights, so cannot be committed accidentally. See vandalism.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


malicious mischief
n. The intentional destruction or damaging of another's property.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


malicious mischief
Willful destruction of personal property of another, from actual ill will or resentment towards its owner or possessor. Though only a trespass at the common law, it is now a misdemeanor in most states.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


malicious mischief
Willful destruction of personal property of another, from actual ill will or resentment towards its owner or possessor. Though only a trespass at the common law, it is now a misdemeanor in most states.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • malicious mischief — noun willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others • Syn: ↑vandalism, ↑hooliganism • Hypernyms: ↑mischief, ↑mischief making, ↑mischievousness, ↑deviltry, ↑devilry, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • malicious mischief — noun Date: 1769 willful, wanton, or reckless damage to or destruction of another s property …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • malicious mischief — willful destruction of personal property motivated by ill will or resentment toward its owner or possessor. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • malicious mischief — noun The willful, wanton, or reckless destruction of the personal property of another occasioned by actual ill will or resentment toward the owner or possessor of such property …   Wiktionary

  • malicious mischief — mali′cious mis′chief n. law the willful destruction or defacement of another s property • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • Vandalism And Malicious Mischief Insurance — A type of insurance coverage that protects against losses sustained as a result of vandals. Vandalism and malicious mischief insurance is included in most basic commercial and homeowner policies. It is important for properties that are not… …   Investment dictionary

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