feuds

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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feud

2 [fyood]
noun
fee ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1605–15; < Medieval Latin feudum, variant of feodum. See fee

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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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