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Meaning of CAITIFF

Pronunciation:  'keytif

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (archaic) a cowardly and despicable person
  2. [adj]  despicably mean and cowardly

CAITIFF is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: coward(a), cowardly, fearful
 See Also: cur



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cai"tiff\, a. [OE. caitif, cheitif, captive, miserable,
    OF. caitif, chaitif, captive, mean, wretched, F. ch['e]tif,
    fr. L. captivus captive, fr. capere to take, akin to E.
    heave. See {Heave}, and cf. {Captive}.]
    1. Captive; wretched; unfortunate. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. Base; wicked and mean; cowardly; despicable.
             Arnold had sped his caitiff flight.   --W. Irving.
  2. \Cai"tiff\, n.
    A captive; a prisoner. [Obs.]
          Avarice doth tyrannize over her caitiff and slave.
    2. A wretched or unfortunate man. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    3. A mean, despicable person; one whose character meanness
       and wickedness meet.
    Note: The deep-felt conviction of men that slavery breaks
          down the moral character . . . speaks out with . . .
          distinctness in the change of meaning which caitiff has
          undergone signifying as it now does, one of a base,
          abject disposition, while there was a time when it had
          nothing of this in it. --Trench.