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EtymologyEdit

From Latin captīvus ("captive" → "caught by the devil" → "bad"). Compare the semantic development of French chétif (puny, scrawny).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Standard Italian) IPA(key): /katˈtiːvo/
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AdjectiveEdit

cattivo (feminine singular cattiva, masculine plural cattivi, feminine plural cattive)

  1. bad
    Synonyms: brutto, malvagio
    Antonym: buono
    Ho un cattivo presentimento.
    I'm having a bad feeling.
  2. wicked, naughty

See alsoEdit

NounEdit

cattivo m (plural cattivi, feminine cattiva)

  1. villain

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