1. noun /ˈkeɪtɪf/
a) A base or despicable person; a wretch

For, certes, lord, þer is noon of us alle / Þat she ne haþ been a duchesse or a queene. / Now be we caytyves, as it is wel seene, / Þanked be Fortune and hire false wheel

b) a villain, a coward or wretch

‘There are plenty of Huns who have defected to the Romans, seeking gold and a quiet life. One of my first tasks as paramount chief is to bring those caitiffs back and crucify them.’

2. adjective /ˈkeɪtɪf/
Especially despicable; cowardly

Beshrew those caitiff scouts that conspired to sully his honest name by such an imputation!

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