- Also called blood feud. a bitter, continuous hostility, especially between two families, clans, etc., often lasting for many years or generations.
- a bitter quarrel or contention: a feud between labor and management.
- to engage in a feud.
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Examples from the Web for feud
Years later, Scott would apologize for his role in the feud.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
Either way, the FSA-ISIS feud got worse after the McCain visit with the Northern Storm, which ISIS viewed as a heretical act.Obama Administration and Sotloff Family Battle Over Blame for Journalist’s Kidnapping
September 22, 2014
I'll give you $10,000, and you provide me with a platform to continue my feud, he implies.#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O
August 21, 2014
So the feud between Paul and Cheney—and John McCain and others—is really a feud between the base and the elites.Dick Cheney’s Awfulness Is Here to Stay
July 15, 2014
The latest victims of that feud include a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.What’s More Obscene Than Rihanna’s Boobs? Instagram’s Kids With Guns
May 2, 2014
The Lorilleuxs had declared a feud to the death against Gervaise.L'Assommoir
What the feud really was about, they had both nearly forgotten.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
The time for Border feud and skirmish was already well-nigh past.The Balladists
They meet a rancher who loses his heart, and become involved in a feud.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Why, what should he think,—was there any feud between the families?The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
- long and bitter hostility between two families, clans, or individuals; vendetta
- a quarrel or dispute
- (intr) to take part in or carry on a feud
- feudal law land held in return for service
Word Origin and History for feud
c.1300, fede "enmity, hatred, hostility," northern English and Scottish; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old French fede, from Old High German fehida "contention, quarrel, feud," from Proto-Germanic *faihitha noun of state from adj. *faiho- (cf. Old English fæhð "enmity," fah "hostile;" German Fehde "feud;" Old Frisian feithe "enmity;" see foe). Sense of "vendetta" is early 15c. Alteration of spelling in 16c. is unexplained.
1670s, from feud (n.). Related: Feuded; feuding.