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    mischief , naughty

    Hi!
    I am a little confused about the meaning between the two words.
    I thought they are the same meaning,but now I know they are different meaning.
    Could you clarify the differences between the two words for me?
    I looked it up in an online dictionary .It says naughty means Behaving disobediently or mischievously.
    So hopefully you could clarify it for me. Thanks a lot!


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    Re: mischief , naughty

    Mischief = playful misbehaviour

    Naughty = disobedient; badly behaved

    Essentially mischief now has a less condemnatory implication than naughty, which implies that the person is deliberately breaking rules.

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    Re: mischief , naughty

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi Wuken,

    There are a few further explanatory words concerning the matter in question.

    mischief (n) = one that causes minor trouble or disturbance: The child was a mischief in school.

    naughty (a) = behaving disobediently or mischievously: a naughty child.

    naughty (n) = one that is naughty

    Word history: The word naughty at one time was an all-purpose word similar to bad. During the 16th century one could use naughty to mean “unhealthy, unpleasant, bad (with respect to weather), vicious (of an animal), inferior, or bad in quality” (one could say “very naughtie figes” or “naughty corrupt water”). All of these senses have disappeared, however, and naughty is now used mainly in contexts involving mischief or indecency.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: mischief , naughty

    Thanks for your clarifications!

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