- 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.
Origin of feud1
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Examples from the Web for feuding
The Miley tweet marked the peak of the hostilities, ushering in a social media silence between the two feuding celebs.Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus Kiss, Break Up, Make Up
March 7, 2014
Donald Trump versus Bill Maher- they have been feuding for years.George Zimmerman Wants to Profit Off Trayvon Martin’s Death
February 5, 2014
One suspect is the Pakistani Taliban, who have been feuding with the Haqqanis.Hitmen Take Out Haqqani Network Bigwig Nasiruddin Haqqani
November 12, 2013
The agreement averted a ground invasion by Israeli troops, but left many tensions between the feuding neighbors unresolved.New Survey: Israelis Do Not Feel They Benefited From Hamas Clash
November 30, 2012
New York courts are more likely to avoid granting joint custody in situations with feuding parents.8 Reported Facts About the Cruise-Holmes Divorce
July 1, 2012
Perhaps they had come to join the Monaldeschi or the Filippeschi in their feuding.
I was sick of the feuding, the worries and the pettiness of the other nineteen aboard.Let'em Breathe Space
Lester del Rey
I was told that the Durkees and Tatums had been feuding for years.Whirligigs
If you leave enough men under his command, he will keep the feuding families under control.The Saracen: The Holy War
They might run afoul of bravos or some of the wild young men of Orvieto's feuding families.
- 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 feuding
1670s, from feud (n.). Related: Feuded; feuding.
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.