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Caitiff, subst., wretch, slave; masc. and fem.: I (Helena) “am the c. that do hold him to it,” All's III, 2, 117. “for queen, a very c. crowned with care,” R3 IV, 4, 100. alas, poor c. (Bianca) Oth. IV, 1, 109. “she finds a hound and asks the weary c. for his master,” Ven. 914. Used as a term of reproach: Meas. II, 1, 182. Meas. II, 1, 182 V, 53. Tim. IV, 3, 235. V, 4, 71. Lr. II, 1, 64 (Ff. coward). III, 2, 55. Oth. V, 2, 318.
Used adjectively: “this pernicious c. deputy,” Meas. V, 88. “a c. recreant to my cousin Hereford,” R2 I, 2, 53. “a c. wretch,” Rom. V, 1, 52.
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