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Origin of caitiff
Examples from the Web for caitiff
It is in vain to hope for Checkley's evidence, even should the caitiff priest be living.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
The caitiff's club banged my shield down upon my head, but my steel cap bore it well, else my neck were broken.With the Black Prince|William Osborn Stoddard
The constable has sworn that the caitiff had pea-green hair.
And what, Cura, wouldst thou term the caitiff who advisedly was bearer of treacherous intelligence?
Think not of us—think not of revenging yourself upon this caitiff.Guy Fawkes|William Harrison Ainsworth
Word Origin for caitiff
c.1300, "wicked, base, cowardly," from Old North French caitive "captive, miserable" (Old French chaitif, 12c., Modern French chétif "puny, sickly, poor, weak"), from Latin captivum (see captive, which was a later, scholarly borrowing of the same word). In most Romance languages, it has acquired a pejorative sense.
c.1300, "wicked man, scoundrel," from Anglo-French caitif, noun use from Old North French caitive "captive, miserable" (see caitiff (adj.)). From mid-14c as "prisoner."