from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A simplified spelling of caitiff.


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  • Unto a caitif wretch, whom long affliction holdeth,

    Poems and Fragments

  • _Unto a caitif wretch, whom long affliction holdeth,

    The Poems and Fragments of Catullus

  • And the _viel caitif_ tells it with sympathy, and with a smile.

    Letters on Literature

  • {2} The story-teller is no Mimnermus, Love and Youth are the best things he knew, -- "deport du viel caitif," -- and now he has "come to forty years," and now they are with him no longer.

    Aucassin and Nicolete

  • For our purposes, "Aucassins" comes between Christian of Troyes and William of Lorris; the trouvere or jogleor, who sang, was a "viel caitif" when the Chartres glass was set up, and the

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • Then our strong and valiant captaine Lamathus trusting in his own strength and force, thrust in his had through a hole in the dore, and thought to pull back the bolt: but the covetous caitif Chriseros being awake, and making no noise came softly to the dore and caught his hand and with a great naile nailed it fast to the post: which when he had done, he ran up to the high chamber and called every one of his neighbours by name, desiring them to succour him with all possible speed, for his own house was on fire.

    The Golden Asse

  • Of the captive old and gray; "for this is as much sense as one can make out of _del deport du viel caitif_.

    Letters on Literature


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