Caitiff

Definition of Caitiff

Cai´tiff
a.1.Captive; wretched; unfortunate.
2.Base; wicked and mean; cowardly; despicable.
Arnold had sped his caitiff flight.
- W. Irving.
n.1.A captive; a prisoner.
Avarice doth tyrannize over her caitiff and slave.
- Holland.
2.A wretched or unfortunate man.
3.A mean, despicable person; one whose character meanness and wickedness meet.

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cowardly, fearful
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