feud

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v feud carry out a feud "The two professors have been feuding for years"
    • n feud a bitter quarrel between two parties
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Feud A combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race.
    • Feud A contention or quarrel; especially, an inveterate strife between families, clans, or parties; deadly hatred; contention satisfied only by bloodshed. "Mutual feuds and battles betwixt their several tribes and kindreds."
    • n Feud (Law) A stipendiary estate in land, held of a superior, by service; the right which a vassal or tenant had to the lands or other immovable thing of his lord, to use the same and take the profits thereof hereditarily, rendering to his superior such duties and services as belong to military tenure, etc., the property of the soil always remaining in the lord or superior; a fief; a fee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n feud Enmity; animosity; active hostility; a vengeful quarrel between individuals or parties; especially, hostility between families or parties in a state; a state of civic contention.
    • n feud More specifically, an aggravated state of hostility, marked by frequent or occasional sanguinary conflicts, between one family or clan and another, to avenge insults, injuries, or murders inflicted by one party, or by any member of it, upon those of the other side; a vendetta.
    • n feud In feudal law, an estate in land granted on condition of services to be rendered to the grantor, in default of which the land was to revert to the grantor; a fief; a tenure of land under and by dependence on a superior. The grantor or lord was entitled to the homage or fealty of the grantee or vassal. The estate was so called in contradistinction to allodium, which is an estate subject to no superior but the general law of the land.
    • n feud Land held in feudal tenure by a vassal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Feud fūd a war waged by private individuals, families, or clans against one another on their own account: a bloody strife
    • n Feud fūd a fief or land held on condition of service
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. feide, AS. fǣhð, fr. fāh, hostile; akin to OHG. fēhida, G. fehde, Sw. fejd, D. feide,; prob. akin to E. fiend,. See Foe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. feudum, from root of fee.

Usage

In literature:

A hired pimp was despatched to Boston to hunt up slanders, originating in political feuds there.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Perhaps there were even here feuds, disputes, and mutinies of which no record has been preserved.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
While I'm workin' for the State I've got no private feuds.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Consequently the traditional feud between the Archbishop of Manila and the Captain-General was revived.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
I didn't come here to start a feud with you.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
The younger members of the Lorrimer household had solemnly vowed an undying feud against the new owner of the Towers.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
But you, I know, are marble to retain A feud.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
A strange family feud, quite "Corsican" in its character, came to light some time ago, while we were at Cunningham's Ford.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
So Chicken Little was initiated into the mysteries of the feud and found it both interesting and terrifying.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
They are divided by enmities and feuds.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The feuds that arose were settled by the parties involved in the ancient manner of Cain.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
It had been smouldering for years, a steady-going feud, before it reached its crisis last June.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Lesser feuds were instantly forgotten in presence of this great insult.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
One of those Clayton County feud fighters.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
There was a standing feud between her and all the Arundel small boys, but Tommy was her special object of dislike.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Personal questions played a baneful part in embittering the feud.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
They had a feud also with the Epirumei, subjects of the Inca of Manoa, who abounded in gold.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
So feuds die out, though feud tales persist.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Such a feud is surely cruel.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Such a subject, however, will be best illustrated by a sketch or two of my own principal feuds.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

Frail traces of kindred kindness,
Of feud by hill and strand,
The heritage of an age-long life
In a legendary land.
"The Half-Breed Girl" by Duncan Campbell Scott
It was a Norman castle high—
It was a keep of ages rude,
When men named murder—chivalry
And robbery was called —a feud.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
It was a Norman castle high—
It was a keep of ages rude,
When men named murder—chivalry,
And robbery was called—a feud.
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
We'd move the world to help them, then:
Our feuds were laid aside,
For all were neighbours once again
When old man Carey died.
"When Old Man Carey Died" by John O Brien
But not of feuds, or midnight wrong
Done in the long ago,
When hearts were rough and arms were strong
For either friend or foe.
"Yarrow Vale" by Alexander Anderson
To courtly roof and rustic cot
Old comrades wend from far and wide:
Now is the ancient feud forgot,
The growing grudge is laid aside.
"A Christmas Carol" by Alfred Austin

In news:

A movie review of "War of the Buttons," a meandering version of a perennially popular French tale about feuding boys from rival villages.
An unhelpful Twitter family feud.
Feuds a concern as children inherit Moon's empire.
Michael Jackson's family feuding over estate, children, validity of his will.
If you've already heard about Lee Hirsch's valuable documentary "Bully," it's probably due to the recent feud between distributor Harvey Weinstein and the MPAA.
Family Feud auditions are happening now.
Bus stop prompts feud in Coconut Creek.
Keith Urban plays down Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey 'Idol' feud.
Weddings are not the time for family feuds, overspending and stress.
A key figure amid Ohio's feuding anti- abortion factions has landed a seat on the state medical board.
Chris Brown takes down Twitter account after feud with Jenny Johnson.
The 'Celebrity Apprentice' winner feuded over Twitter with the former 'American Idol' star over a controversial tweet.
Family feud link in Alps killings.
A key figure amid Ohio's feuding anti -abortion factions has landed a seat on the state medical board.
The Hale versus Mason family feud has become Mars' version of the Hatfields and McCoys.
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