from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A despicable coward; a wretch.
- adj. Despicable and cowardly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A base or despicable person; a wretch
- n. a captive or prisoner, particularly a galley slave
- n. a villain, a coward or wretch
- adj. Especially despicable; cowardly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Captive; wretched; unfortunate.
- adj. Base; wicked and mean; cowardly; despicable.
- n. A captive; a prisoner.
- n. A wretched or unfortunate man.
- n. A mean, despicable person; one whose character meanness and wickedness meet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wretched; miserable.
- Servile; base; ignoble; cowardly.
- n. A captive; a prisoner; a slave.
- n. A mean villain; a despicable knave; one who is both wicked and mean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. despicably mean and cowardly
- n. a cowardly and despicable person
The "caitiff" in these chronicles of when knighthood was in flower is invariably hanged from "the highest battlement" -- the second highest would not do at all; or else he is thrown into "the deepest dungeon of the castle" -- the second deepest dungeon was never known to be used on these occasions.
The "caitiff" in these chronicles of when knighthood was in flower is invariably hanged from
"caitiff," even by a voice somewhat treble and a trifle trembling, left me every reason in the world to be surprised, annoyed and grieved.
Sure Casey is pro-life, but this godless caitiff supports public funding of contraception and the over-the-counter-sale of Plan B!
“I am a fool,” he instantly added, “to vent my passion upon a caitiff so worthless.”
A voice from the ruins, like that of a sullen echo from the grave, answered, ‘Itat Schreckenwald!’ and the caitiff issued from his place of concealment, and stood before me with that singular indifference to danger which he unites to his atrocity of character.
But my worst acts are but merry malice: I have no relish for the bloody trade, and abhor to see or hear of its being acted even on the meanest caitiff.
“Here, some of you, toss this caitiff into the horse trough; that for once in his life he may be washed clean.”
Each bell that tolled rung out, ‘Shame on the recreant caitiff!’
A half-bred, half-acting, half-thinking, half-daring caitiff, whose poorest thoughts — and those which deserve that name must be poor indeed — are not the produce of his own understanding.