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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
blood feud
long-running dispute/battle/debate/feud etc
▪ She was involved in a long-running legal battle.
▪ The offence was the result of a bitter feud between Black and a Walsall forward.
▪ The bitter feud between California Gov.
▪ Sometimes, however, bitter feuds may last for years.
▪ Small but bitter feuds developed between players.
▪ Rangers' supporters replied in kind, and so the blood feud went on and on - and continues to this day.
▪ I come from a family where blood feuds are not only tolerated, but actively encouraged.
▪ But they also engaged in blood feuds, which were outlawed under Communist rule.
▪ There is little middle ground in the ancient blood feud between trial lawyers and the insurance industry.
▪ He has been accused of letting personal feuds affect his judgement.
▪ The feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys raged for 20 years.
▪ After fifteen years he was still pursuing his feud against his master-mason, unwilling to let even his bones rest.
▪ At large, Billy the Kid moved beyond the confines of the feud to more general shootings and stock thefts.
▪ In conference sessions throughout the late 1980s, a civilized but spirited feud played out between these two camps.
▪ That feud is a lot of nonsense.
▪ The bitter feud between California Gov.
▪ The game also allowed the long-running feud between Limpar and Derby midfield player Mark Pembridge to continue.
▪ The offence was the result of a bitter feud between Black and a Walsall forward.
▪ The referee had earlier issued four warnings and with players involved in their private feuds there was little constructive rugby.
▪ For example, a committee or board you head is making no progress because members are feuding.
▪ One teacher said feuding between girls was directly linked to tensions from home.
▪ The feuding between ministers during the revivals had robbed them of some prestige and had confused people who were looking for stability.
▪ The coalition, ranging from soft-left to hard-right, has stuck together despite constant feuding.
▪ The reason for the affray is unclear, though a police spokesman played down any suggestion of feuding between criminal gangs.
▪ War and isolation have proved an ideal breeding ground for corruption and feuding between rival political clans.
▪ With this knowledge goes one of the previously existing impediments to ethnic feuding.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Feud \Feud\ (f[=u]d), n. [OE. feide, AS. f[=ae]h[eth], fr. f[=a]h hostile; akin to OHG. f[=e]hida, G. fehde, Sw. fejd, D. feide; prob. akin to E. fiend. See Foe.]

  1. A combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race.

  2. A contention or quarrel; especially, an inveterate strife between families, clans, or parties; deadly hatred; contention satisfied only by bloodshed.

    Mutual feuds and battles betwixt their several tribes and kindreds.

    Syn: Affray; fray; broil; contest; dispute; strife.


Feud \Feud\, n. [LL. feudum, feodum prob. of same origin as E. fief. See Fief, Fee.] (Law) A stipendiary estate in land, held of a superior, by service; the right which a vassal or tenant had to the lands or other immovable thing of his lord, to use the same and take the profits thereof hereditarily, rendering to his superior such duties and services as belong to military tenure, etc., the property of the soil always remaining in the lord or superior; a fief; a fee.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, from feud (n.). Related: Feuded; feuding.


c.1300, fede "enmity, hatred, hostility," northern English and Scottish, ultimately (via an unrecorded Old English word or Old French fede, faide "war, raid, hostility, hatred, enmity, feud, (legal) vengeance," which is from Germanic) from Proto-Germanic *faihitho (compare Old High German fehida "contention, quarrel, feud"), noun of state from adjective *faiho- (cognates: Old English fæhð "enmity," fah "hostile;" German Fehde "feud;" Old Frisian feithe "enmity").\n

\nThis is from PIE root *peig- (2), also *peik- "evil-minded, hostile" (see foe). Sense of "vendetta" is early 15c. Alteration of spelling in 16c. is unexplained. Meaning "state of hostility between families or clans" is from 1580s.


Etymology 1 alt. 1 A state of long-standing mutual hostility. 2 (qualifier: professional wrestling slang) A staged rivalry between wrestlers. 3 (context obsolete English) A combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race. n. 1 A state of long-standing mutual hostility. 2 (qualifier: professional wrestling slang) A staged rivalry between wrestlers. 3 (context obsolete English) A combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race. vb. (context intransitive English) To carry on a feud. Etymology 2

alt. An estate granted to a vassal by a feudal lord in exchange for service n. An estate granted to a vassal by a feudal lord in exchange for service

  1. n. a bitter quarrel between two parties

  2. v. carry out a feud; "The two professors have been feuding for years"

Feud (professional wrestling)

In professional wrestling, a feud is a staged rivalry between multiple wrestlers or groups of wrestlers. They are integrated into ongoing storylines, particularly in events which are televised. Feuds may last for months or even years or be resolved with implausible speed, perhaps during the course of a single match.

Feud (video game)

Feud was an innovative 1987 computer game for the MSX and ZX Spectrum home computers, among others. The player takes on the role of the sorcerer Learic, cursed with aging, and must fight his evil twin Leanoric before his time runs out.

In some countries it was distributed as Halloween.

Feud (disambiguation)

A feud is long-running argument or conflict between two parties.

Feud may also refer to:

  • A fee or fief, land held under the feudal system
Feud (Glee)

"Feud" is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the eighty-second episode overall. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Bradley Buecker, it aired on Fox in the United States on March 14, 2013.

Feud (TV series)

Feud is an upcoming American anthology television series. The series, created by Ryan Murphy has been ordered by FX with a straight 8-episode-order.


A feud , referred to in more extreme cases as a blood feud, vendetta, faida, beef, clan war, gang war, or private war, is a long-running argument or fight, often between social groups of people, especially families or clans. Feuds begin because one party (correctly or incorrectly) perceives itself to have been attacked, insulted or wronged by another. Intense feelings of resentment trigger the initial retribution, which causes the other party to feel equally aggrieved and vengeful. The dispute is subsequently fuelled by a long-running cycle of retaliatory violence. This continual cycle of provocation and retaliation makes it extremely difficult to end the feud peacefully. Feuds frequently involve the original parties' family members and/or associates, can last for generations, and may result in extreme acts of violence. They can be interpreted as an extreme outgrowth of social relations based in family honor.

Until the early modern period, feuds were considered legitimate legal instruments and were regulated to some degree. For example, Serb culture calls this krvna osveta, meaning "blood revenge", which had unspoken but highly valued rules. In tribal societies, the blood feud, coupled with the practice of blood wealth, functioned as an effective form of social control for limiting and ending conflicts between individuals and groups who are related by kinship, as described by anthropologist Max Gluckman in his article "The Peace in the Feud" in 1955.

Usage examples of "feud".

Charles was just trying to say that most people around here knew about the feud between Aden and his family.

Aberwyn, Your Grace, and he killed Lord Adry in that feud, some years past.

Christian turning gradually into the ill-tempered agnostic, entangled in the end of a feud of which he never understood the beginning, blighted with a sort of hereditary boredom with he knows not what, and already weary of hearing what he has never heard.

Here, Bowler explained, was the Neutral, where goods were bartered, defense alliances forged, conspiracies birthed, feuds resolved, curiosity sated, and contracts for joint expeditions made.

The cause of the feud was that Chack fed squirrels and Leeds fed pigeons, both using Washington Square as a base of operations.

Capri grass, with the pink cistus flowers brushing her hot cheeks, Lorna raged impotently against the tragedy of a fate which was changing the dearest friendship of her life into a feud.

There had been a running feud between the Doppers and the Hawbakers for three generations.

And it may be added that this mathematical introduction precedes an account of the fate of a Kentucky feud that was imported to the city that has a habit of making its importations conform to its angles.

Such feuds had once been widespread on Oaccanv, ultimately precipitating the Second Eldership War.

The hawks, and the gleads, and the ravens, and the carrion-crows, and the hooded-crows, and the rooks, and the magpies, and all the rest of the rural militia, forgetting their own feuds, sometimes came sallying from all quarters, with even a few facetious jackdaws from the old castle, to show fight with the monarch of the air.

Presumably Gorde and Otto would be leaving with Erkhard and I wanted to be on that plane, away from the dark feuds of this desert world.

He had failed to learn anything of the purported feud between Gnol and Kuru Qan.

Crick, under the influence of her ninth cup of tea and her fourth hymn, ventured on the hope that it might continue fine, but a maladroit allusion on the part of the Saunders good man to the backwardness of garden crops brought the Feud stalking forth from its corner with all its old bitterness.

Korber was correctly identified as the man who had been in the wrecked cab outside the Club Miche, but the evidence indicated that the taxi had been accidentally boxed by other cars that contained feuding gangsters.

He was dead to his people, the name Miche surrendered for the next baby to be born, as he had gotten it from his grandfather Miche when he had fallen in the feuds with the sea people.