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A despicable coward; a wretch.
Despicable and cowardly.
[Middle English caitif, from Norman French, from Latin captīvus, prisoner; see captive.]
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a cowardly or base person
[C13: from Old French caitif prisoner, from Latin captīvus captive]
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1. a base person; villain.adj.
2. base; despicable.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin captīvus captive]
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|Noun||1.||caitiff - a cowardly and despicable person|
cur - a cowardly and despicable person
|Adj.||1.||caitiff - despicably mean and cowardly|
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