Some people are always causing trouble. Sometimes, the person might just be accident-prone. We might call such a person clumsy or hapless. Other people, though, seem to relish trouble, and seek it out at every turn. Rather than hapless and clumsy, we might call these people devious or mischievous. Should mischievous and devious rhyme? The way some people pronounce mischievous, it would appear so. Even some writers alter the spelling of the word, writing mischievious instead. Many English words have more than one accepted spelling, but is mischievous one of them? Continue reading to find out.
In this post, I will compare mischievous vs mischievious. I will use each of these words in at least one example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you a helpful memory tool that will make choosing mischievious or mischievous a little easier.
The word mischievious originated from Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French meschevous, from Old French meschever ‘come to an unfortunate end’ (see mischief). The early sense was ‘unfortunate or calamitous’, later ‘having harmful effects’; the sense ‘playfully troublesome’ dates from the late 17th century.
Mischievious as adjective:
Use of mischievous:
Use of mischievious:
Mischievious is a misspelling of mischievous. Many speakers also pronounce the word with four syllables, like mis-CHEE-vi-ous (so that it rhymes with previous). It’s unclear whether the misspelling or the mispronunciation came first, or if they developed together. Mischievious rarely appears in edited prose.
It is Dionysus, the mischievous god of revelry. [Financial Times]
Mischievous or mischievious:
Mischievous, an adjective, means having an affinity for causing trouble. Some writers are prone to spelling the word mischevious, which is how some speakers mistakenly pronounce the word aloud. As a skillful writer, you should only use mischievous, especially in formal writing. Mischievious is widely rejected in writing, though common in spoken English. Mischievious has an extra I, like incorrect, so you should find it easy to remember that mischievious is incorrect.