blood feud

blood feud

noun
feud1 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1855–60

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blood feud
 
n
a feud in which the members of hostile families or clans murder each other

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blood feud

a continuing state of conflict between two groups within a society (typically kinship groups) characterized by violence, usually killings and counterkillings. It exists in many nonliterate communities in which there is an absence of law or a breakdown of legal procedures and in which attempts to redress a grievance in a way that is acceptable to both parties have failed.

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