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caitiff

[key-tif] /ˈkeɪ tɪf/
noun
1.
a base, despicable person.
adjective
2.
base; despicable.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English caitif < Anglo-French < Latin captīvus captive
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caitiff

/ˈkeɪtɪf/
noun
1.
a cowardly or base person
adjective
2.
cowardly; base
Word Origin
C13: from Old French caitif prisoner, from Latin captīvuscaptive
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caitiff
c.1300, from O.N.Fr. caitive "captive, miserable" (O.Fr. chatif, 12c., Mod.Fr. chétif "puny, sickly, poor, weak"), from L. captivum (see captive, which was a later, scholarly borrowing of the same word). In most Romance languages, it has acquired a pejorative sense.
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