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Caitiff meaning

caitiff - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. Captive; wretched; unfortunate.
  2. 2. Base; wicked and mean; cowardly; despicable.
  3. 3. A captive; a prisoner.
  4. 4. A wretched or unfortunate man.
  5. 5. A mean, despicable person; one whose character meanness and wickedness meet.
  6. 6. Cowardly.
  7. 7. A mean villain; a cowardly wretch.
  8. 8. A low villain; a base wretch.

caitiff - examples of usage

  1. O'er the watery ford, Dry sandy heaths, and stony barren hills, O'er beaten tracks, with men and beast distain'd, Unerring he pursues; till, at the cot Arrived, and seizing by his guilty throat The caitiff vile, redeems the captive prey: So exquisitely delicate his sense! - "Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)", Walter Scott.
  2. Lead forth the caitiff. - "McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader", William Holmes McGuffey.
  3. A minute more, however, and the door burst open, and in they came, half a dozen glowing, breezy, vigorous young cavalrymen, ruddy with health, elastic with open- air life and exercise, brimful of good spirits and cordiality, and headed by the declamatory Blake, who made a bee- line for the bar, shouting,- " 'An if a man did need a poison now, Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him. - "Marion's Faith.", Charles King.
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