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feud1

[fyood] /fyud/
noun
1.
Also called blood feud. a bitter, continuous hostility, especially between two families, clans, etc., often lasting for many years or generations.
2.
a bitter quarrel or contention:
a feud between labor and management.
verb (used without object)
3.
to engage in a feud.
Origin of feud1
1300-1350
1300-50; variant of fead (a misread as u), Middle English fede < Middle French fe(i)de < Old High German fēhida; cognate with Old English fǣhth enmity. See foe, -th1
Synonyms
2. argument, difference.
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  • Perhaps they had come to join the Monaldeschi or the Filippeschi in their feuding.

  • I was sick of the feuding, the worries and the pettiness of the other nineteen aboard.

    Let'em Breathe Space Lester del Rey
  • I was told that the Durkees and Tatums had been feuding for years.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • If you leave enough men under his command, he will keep the feuding families under control.

  • They might run afoul of bravos or some of the wild young men of Orvieto's feuding families.

British Dictionary definitions for feuding

feud1

/fjuːd/
noun
1.
long and bitter hostility between two families, clans, or individuals; vendetta
2.
a quarrel or dispute
verb
3.
(intransitive) to take part in or carry on a feud
Word Origin
C13 fede, from Old French feide, from Old High German fēhida; related to Old English fæhth hostility; see foe

feud2

/fjuːd/
noun
1.
(feudal law) land held in return for service
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin feodum, of Germanic origin; see fee
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Word Origin and History for feuding

feud

n.

c.1300, fede "enmity, hatred, hostility," northern English and Scottish; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old French fede, from Old High German fehida "contention, quarrel, feud," from Proto-Germanic *faihitha noun of state from adj. *faiho- (cf. Old English fæhð "enmity," fah "hostile;" German Fehde "feud;" Old Frisian feithe "enmity;" see foe). Sense of "vendetta" is early 15c. Alteration of spelling in 16c. is unexplained.

v.

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

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