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Mischief, in criminal law, is an offence against property that does not involve theft or conversion. It typically involves vandalism, graffiti or some other destruction or defacement of property other than arson. Criminal mischief is usually a misdemeanor. The etymology of the word comes from Old French[?] meschief, which means "misfortune,' from meschever, "to end badly."

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