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  • n. Plural form of caitiff.


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  • I did it but to show these ignorant, prejudiced knaves how they might help each other when these cowardly caitiffs come against us with sarbacanes and poisoned shafts.

    The Talisman

  • He spoke of the fallen caitiffs as being Englishmen, who found a pleasure in exercising oppression and barbarities upon the wandering damsels of

    Castle Dangerous

  • β€œTo guard thee against these caitiffs,” 204 she replied.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Me vivo fiat, let it come in their times: so secure, so desperate, so immoderate in lust and pleasure, so prone to revenge that, as Paterculus said of some caitiffs in his time in Rome, Quod nequiter ausi, fortiter executi: it shall not be so wickedly attempted, but as desperately performed, whatever they take in hand.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And as it fell, the traitors had been set to watch while the others slept; and sleeping the caitiffs found them, and slew the said men-at-arms at once, but bound Hugh to a tree that he might be the longer a-dying; since none looked for any but their own folk to pass by that way.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • But while it was yet at her lips one of the caitiffs was upon her, and he cried out: Hah the witch, the accursed green witch! and fetched her a great stroke from his saddle, and smote her on the helm; and though his sword bit not on that good head-burg, she fell to the ground unwitting.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • As for the caitiffs who lay slain there, one score and two of them, they left them for the wolves to devour, and the tearing of the kites and crows; nor meddled they with any of their gear or weapons.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Atra rode upright, and looking straight before her; Aurea hung her head all she might, and her long red hair fell about her face; but Viridis had swooned, and was held up in the saddle by one of the caitiffs on each side of her.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Birdalone had heard from the thicket; and that she had so done when the two false way-leaders laid hold of her to drag her away from her man, who stood there before her bound to a tree that he might perish there, whereon the two caitiffs had smitten her into unwit that they might have no more of her cries.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Seek not my name: a plague consume you wicked caitiffs left!

    The Life of Timon of Athens


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  • 'Here lies a wretched corpse, of wretched soul bereft;

    Seek not my name. A plague consume you wicked caitiffs left!

    Here lie I, Timon, who alive all living men did hate.

    Pass by, and curse thy fill; but pass, and stay not here thy


    - Timon of Athens, Shakespear

    March 20, 2009