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a bitter quarrel between two parties
carry out a feud
"The two professors have been feuding for years"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Quarrel; contention; opposition; war.
Etymology: feahd, enmity, Saxon.
Though men would find such mortal feuds
In sharing of their publick goods. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 1.
In former ages it was a constant policy of France to raise and cherish intestine feuds and discords in the isle of Great Britain. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.
Our guilty wars, and earth’s remotest regions
Lie half unpeopled by the feuds of Rome. Joseph Addison, Cato.
A feud , referred to in more extreme cases as a blood feud, vendetta, faida, 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 perceives itself to have been attacked, insulted, injured, or otherwise wronged by another. Intense feelings of resentment trigger an initial retribution, which causes the other party to feel greatly aggrieved and vengeful. The dispute is subsequently fuelled by a long-running cycle of retaliatory violence. This continual cycle of provocation and retaliation usually makes it extremely difficult to end the feud peacefully. Feuds can persist 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, Montenegrin culture calls this krvna osveta, meaning "blood revenge", which had unspoken but highly valued rules. In Albanian culture it is called gjakmarrja, which usually lasts for generations. 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.
a combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race
a contention or quarrel; especially, an inveterate strife between families, clans, or parties; deadly hatred; contention satisfied only by bloodshed
a stipendiary estate in land, held of 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 profists 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
Etymology: [LL. feudum, feodum prob. of same origin as E. fief. See Fief, Fee.]
A feud, referred to in more extreme cases as a blood feud, vendetta, faida, beef, 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 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. Romeo and Juliet is also a great example of a feud between the two families, the Montagues and Capulets. Until the early modern period, feuds were considered legitimate legal instruments and were regulated to some degree. For example, Montenegrin culture calls this krvna osveta which means "blood revenge" which had unspoken but highly valued rules.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fūd, n. a war waged by private individuals, families, or clans against one another on their own account: a bloody strife.—Right of feud, the right to protect one's self and one's kinsmen, and punish injuries. [O. Fr. faide, feide—Low L. faida—Old High Ger. fēhida. See Foe.]
fūd, n. a fief or land held on condition of service.—adj. Feud′al, pertaining to feuds or fiefs: belonging to feudalism.—n. Feudalisā′tion.—v.t. Feud′alise.—ns. Feud′alism, the system, during the Middle Ages, by which vassals held lands from lords-superior on condition of military service; Feud′alist; Feudal′ity, the state of being feudal: the feudal system.—adv. Feud′ally.—adjs. Feud′ary, Feud′atory, holding lands or power by a feudal tenure—also ns.—ns. Feud′ist, a writer on feuds: one versed in the laws of feudal tenure. [Low L. feudum, from root of fee.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
A fool idea fanned into flame by a fool friend.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A contention or quarrel; especially an inveterate strife between families, clans, or parties in a state; deadly hatred; contention satisfied only by bloodshed.
The numerical value of feud in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of feud in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of feud in a Sentence
They told me I had till Monday to decide, 'Family Feud' was the bigger opportunity. But for some reason -- I'm still not entirely sure why -- I ended up choosing 'American Idol.'.
Every public official has a responsibility to tell the truth, all the clever arguments and rhetorical gymnastics in the world won't change the fact that this January 6th effort is designed to disenfranchise millions of Americans simply because they voted for someone in a different party. We ought to be better than that. If we normalize this, we're going to turn American politics into a Hatfields and McCoys endless blood feud -- a house hopelessly divided.
If four votes are so inconsequential, why even bring them up ? , we have a serious problem with turnout among young voters and voters of color. So why would you take people who are probably the best tools for getting those voters out to the polls next year, why would you start a feud with them ? It makes no sense.
There are no local suspects. This is a feud between Myanmar people. It is not a religious conflict. These are only vengeful murders that were brought over here from Myanmar.
An easy way to paper over the feud is to lift airspace restrictions. Right now, all Qatari Airways flights in and out of Doha pay a fee to fly over Iran since the feud closed other airspace.
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- вражда, кръвна враждаBulgarian
- feuCatalan, Valencian
- léno, svárCzech
- Streit, Feindschaft, befehden, Lehen, FehdeGerman
- feudo, enemistad, hostilidad, pelea, rivalidadSpanish
- faide, inimitié, fief, querelleFrench
- 確執, フェーデJapanese
- მტრობა, შუღლი, უსიამოვნებაGeorgian
- leengoed, veteDutch
- waśń, wróżdaPolish
- feudo, rixaPortuguese
- феод, лен, междоусобица, враждовать, враждаRussian
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