feud

1 [fyood]
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:
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


2. argument, difference.
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feud1 (fjuːd)
 
n
1.  long and bitter hostility between two families, clans, or individuals; vendetta
2.  a quarrel or dispute
 
vb
3.  (intr) to take part in or carry on a feud
 
[C13 fede, from Old French feide, from Old High German fēhida; related to Old English fæhth hostility; see foe]

feud or feod2 (fjuːd)
 
n
feudal law land held in return for service
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin feodum, of Germanic origin; see fee]
 
feod or feod2
 
n
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin feodum, of Germanic origin; see fee]

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feud
c.1300, fede, northern Eng. and Scottish, from O.Fr. fede, from O.H.G. fehida "contention, quarrel, feud," from P.Gmc. *faihitha, noun of state from *faiho- (adj.), related to O.E. fæhð "enmity." The whole group is connected to modern Eng. foe (q.v.). Sense of "vendetta"
is early 15c. Alteration of spelling in 16c. is unexplained. Related: Feuded; feuding.
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Example sentences
The city once consisted of two feuding medieval towns separated by a wall.
Avoid taking sides, since you don't know who's feuding with whom, or why.
Much of its energy was squandered feuding with the opposition.
It is time for the world to agree on a settlement and impose it on the feuding
  parties.
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