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.
The two men began to feud after one of them got a job promotion and the other thought he was more qualified.
Other Word Forms
Origin of feud
- Alteration (probably influenced by feud) of Middle English fede from Old French faide of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English fede, feide, *feithe, from Old English fǣhþ, fǣhþu, fǣhþo (“hostility, enmity, violence, revenge, vendetta”), from Proto-Germanic *faihiþō (“hatred, enmity”), from Proto-Indo-European *pAik-, *pAig- (“ill-meaning, wicked”), equivalent to foe + -th. Cognate with Dutch veete (“feud”), German Fehde (“feud, vendetta”), Danish fejde (“feud, enmity, hostility, war”), Swedish fejd (“feud, controversy, quarrel, strife”), and Old French faide, feide (“feud”), ultimately from the same Germanic source. Related to foe, fiend.
- From Old French, from Latin feodum.