caitiff (adj.) Old form(s): Caitiffe , Caytiffe
wretched, miserable, worthless
MM V.i.88[Isabella to Duke, of Angelo] I went / To this pernicious caitiff deputy
R2 I.ii.53[Duchess of Gloucester to John of Gaunt, of Mowbray] A caitiff recreant to my cousin Hereford!
RJ V.i.52[Romeo alone, of someone wanting to buy poison] Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him
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