a bitter quarrel between two parties
carry out a feud
"The two professors have been feuding for years"
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
Origin: [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.
The numerical value of feud in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of feud in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Question for the Family Feud game show: "Name something that you can't say on TV.
A person who tries to prove own goodness upon being actually good only increases the feud with the people.
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.
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.'.
It should have been about the contestants instead of about some nonexistent feud that turned into even more ridiculousness, i would never want to be involved with it again. But everybody else did like it.
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Translations for feud
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- вражда, кръвна враждаBulgarian
- feuCatalan, Valencian
- léno, svárCzech
- Fehde, Lehen, Feindschaft, befehden, StreitGerman
- pelea, enemistad, hostilidad, rivalidad, feudoSpanish
- faide, inimitié, querelle, fiefFrench
- 確執, フェーデJapanese
- მტრობა, შუღლი, უსიამოვნებაGeorgian
- vete, leengoedDutch
- waśń, wróżdaPolish
- rixa, feudoPortuguese
- вражда, феод, враждовать, междоусобица, ленRussian
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