feud

1
[ fyood ]
/ fyud /

noun

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.

verb (used without object)

to engage in a feud.

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Origin of feud

1
1300–50; variant of fead (a misread as u), Middle English fede<Middle French fe(i)de<Old High German fēhida; cognate with Old English fǣhth enmity. See foe, -th1

Definition for feud (2 of 2)

feud2
[ fyood ]
/ fyud /

noun

Origin of feud

2
1605–15; <Medieval Latin feudum, variant of feodum.See fee
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British Dictionary definitions for feud (1 of 2)

feud1
/ (fjuːd) /

noun

long and bitter hostility between two families, clans, or individuals; vendetta
a quarrel or dispute

verb

(intr) to take part in or carry on a feud

Word Origin for feud

C13 fede, from Old French feide, from Old High German fēhida; related to Old English fæhth hostility; see foe

British Dictionary definitions for feud (2 of 2)

feud2

feod

/ (fjuːd) /

noun

feudal law land held in return for service

Word Origin for feud

C17: from Medieval Latin feodum, of Germanic origin; see fee
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