Todays Word:”caitiff”

Todays Word: “caitiff”

PRONUNCIATION:

(KAY-tif)

MEANING:

noun: A cowardly and despicable person.
adjective: cowardly, despicable.

ETYMOLOGY:

Via French from Latin captivus (captive), from capere (to seize). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kap- (to grasp), which is also the root of captive, capsule, capable, capture, cable, chassis, occupy, deceive, captious, and gaff. Earliest documented use: Before 1300.]

USAGE:

“I followed him through the streets, listening to his rant, the insults directed at me for knowing cutpurses and caitiffs, and how dare I lead him into such dens of ordure.”
Frank McCourt; From an Affair with Books to a Book Fair; The New York Times; Sep 19, 1997.

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