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caitiff

[ key-tif ]
/ ˈkeɪ tɪf /
Archaic.
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noun
a base, despicable person.
adjective
base; despicable.
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Origin of caitiff

1250–1300; Middle English caitif<Anglo-French <Latin captīvuscaptive
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British Dictionary definitions for caitiff

caitiff
/ (ˈkeɪtɪf) archaic, or poetic /

noun
a cowardly or base person
adjective
cowardly; base

Word Origin for caitiff

C13: from Old French caitif prisoner, from Latin captīvus captive
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