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[fyood] /fyud/
Also called blood feud. a bitter, continuous hostility, especially between two families, clans, etc., often lasting for many years or generations.
a bitter quarrel or contention:
a feud between labor and management.
verb (used without object)
to engage in a feud.
Origin of feud1
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feuding
  • 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.
  • Two half brothers each claimed the ancient crown, and the family split into two bitterly feuding factions.
  • As feuding among political elites continues, demographic and societal pressures continue to mount.
  • Before they can find lasting happiness, they must overcome their feuding neighbors, plastic pink flamingos and racing lawnmowers.
  • Coyote caused the bridge to collapse in an effort to keep the feuding brothers apart.
  • Families of gang members often become targets of violence when gangs are feuding.
  • The two factions are aligned to two feuding archbishops.
British Dictionary definitions for feuding


long and bitter hostility between two families, clans, or individuals; vendetta
a quarrel or dispute
(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


(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



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.


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

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