feud

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[ fyood ]
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noun
  1. Also called blood feud. a bitter, continuous hostility, especially between two families, clans, etc., often lasting for many years or generations.

  2. a bitter quarrel or contention: a feud between labor and management.

verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in a feud.

Origin of feud

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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

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feud2
[ fyood ]

Origin of feud

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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
  1. long and bitter hostility between two families, clans, or individuals; vendetta

  2. a quarrel or dispute

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

Origin of feud

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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
  1. feudal law land held in return for service

Origin of feud

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

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