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a cowardly and despicable person

despicably mean and cowardly

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References in classic literature ?
What man would be so caitiff and thrall as to fail you at your need?
Of caitiff wretched thralls, that wailed night and day,
It is only when he descends from the clouds to pounce upon carrion that he betrays his low propensities, and reveals his caitiff character.
For instance, Polu ("Breaking Up the Caitiffs") was changed to Xin'an ("Faith and Peace"), Weilu ("Inspiring the Caitiffs with Awe") to Guangxin ("Extending Faith"), and Pingrong ("Pacifying the Barbarians") became Baoding ("Protecting the Peace").
His new secretary of state John Kerry deceives himself if he thinks he can resolve the Middle East conundrum, cozying up to contumacious caitiffs.
In addition, there are instances in which Montgomery uses vocabulary that may appear foreign to today's readers: whit (7), caitiffs (36), poultices (99), and bolt (103).