- The definition of a feud is a prolonged bitter disagreement or fight between families, family members or friends.
An example of a feud is parents not speaking to their daughter for many years because she married someone outside of the family's religion.
- a bitter, protracted, and violent quarrel, esp. between clans or families, often characterized by killings and counterkillings
- any dispute or rivalry, esp. when bitter or protracted
Origin: Middle English fede ; from Old French faide ; from Frankish an unverified form faida, akin to Old High German fehida, enmity, revenge ; from Indo-European base an unverified form peik-, hostile from source foe, Lithuanian pìktas, angry
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin feodum ; from Frankish an unverified form fehu- (akin to Old High German feho, cattle, property: see fee) plush an unverified form od, an unverified form ot, wealth, akin to Old English ead
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Origin: Alteration (probably influenced by feud2) of Middle English fede, from Old French faide, of Germanic origin.
Origin: Medieval Latin feudum, of Germanic origin; see peku- in Indo-European roots.