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blood feud

feud1 (def 1).
Origin of blood feud
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His life is not protected by the blood-feud which his family can pursue, or by the compensation with which it may be bought off.

  • The blood-feud was now old, but Elsung yearned to avenge it on Page 418 Theodoric.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • If he had had his way, the blood-feud would have been at an end.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • The blood-feud was familiar to her, and she knew no shame in it.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • The Athenian law was a civilised modification of the savage rule that the kindred of a slain man take up his blood-feud.

  • No "eric" or blood-fine of any kind is paid for her death, which carries no blood-feud.

  • In fact, despite the blood-feud, that ancient family folly, I believed that M'Rae would act the part of a gentleman.

  • It is the blood-feud that makes devils of them; but how can they help that?

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • Then follows ‘faida,’ blood-feud, from generation to generation.

    The Roman and the Teuton Charles Kingsley
  • But the blood-feud was handed on to Horus, son of Isis and Osiris.

British Dictionary definitions for blood-feud

blood feud

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