caitiff (n.) Old form(s): caitiffe , Caitifs , caytiffe
[sympathetic or contemptuous] miserable wretch, wretched creature
AW III.ii.114[Helena alone, of putting Bertram in danger of attack] I am the caitiff that do hold him to't
KL III.ii.55[Lear as if to criminals] Caitiff, to pieces shake
MM II.i.166[Elbow to Pompey] O thou caitiff
MM V.i.53[Isabella to Duke, of Angelo] the wicked'st caitiff on the ground
Oth IV.i.108.2[Cassio to Iago, of Bianca] Alas, poor caitiff!
Oth V.ii.314.2[Othello to all, of Iago] the pernicious caitiff!
R3 IV.iv.101[Queen Margaret to and of Queen Elizabeth] a very caitiff crowned with care
Tim IV.iii.236[Apemantus to Timon] I flatter not, but say thou art a caitiff
Tim V.iv.71[Alcibiades reading Timon's epitaph] A plague consume you wicked caitiffs left!
Ven.914[of Venus] she finds a hound, / And asks the weary caitiff for his master
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