Definition of feud in English:



  • 1A prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute.

    ‘his long-standing feud with Universal Pictures’
    • ‘Bitter feuds between regents and mayors and their local legislative councils have often taken place in Indonesia, resulting in their removal.’
    • ‘However, members of Adair's former C Company disputed the claims of former comrades that he was killed because of his role in the bitter feud within the organisation.’
    • ‘A high-flying personal financial adviser has won a massive pay-out after an employment tribunal heard how a bitter feud erupted between her and her boss.’
    • ‘A maverick, who brooks no compromises, she is capable both of expansive friendships and bitter feuds.’
    • ‘It was this civility between Hakkinen and Schumacher that made the 2000 championship duel so different from the bitter feuds between Senna and Prost.’
    • ‘Feelings were running high as North Wiltshire District Council's planning committee voted to defer the decision for more information in the latest round of the bitter feud.’
    • ‘His speaking tours took him to Athens, Corinth, and Ionia, where he contracted a bitter feud with his fellow sophist Polemon.’
    • ‘The Ryder Cup has not just been a battleground for the rival teams, the competition has also fuelled some bitter internal feuds.’
    • ‘To the despair of a generation ‘The Beatles’ were no more and were in a bitter feud, which was never going to be properly patched up.’
    • ‘The bitter feud between Magnier and Ferguson ended last March with the football manager accepting a one-off payment of £2.5m from Magnier to buy out his rights.’
    • ‘But it also tells the tale of how the two friends fell out over whether or not the SNP should join with the Scottish Constitutional Convention, leading to one of the most bitter personal feuds in Scottish politics.’
    • ‘I can see this whole thing boiling over into a bitter feud, possibly like that one on the news last week with the neighbours who argued over a fence and one of them ended up shot dead.’
    • ‘Their bitter feud has escalated since Shaq's offseason trade to Miami.’
    • ‘What better way than a bitter feud with a true rival?’
    • ‘A bitter feud is threatening to overshadow Liverpool's Worthington Cup semi-final showdown with Sheffield United.’
    • ‘The bitter feud between huntsmen and the anti-hunt movement is about something quite different.’
    • ‘The bitter disagreements and feuds within the British establishment surrounding the vexed issue of foreign policy are seeping out into the open.’
    • ‘50 Cent has publicly called a truce with his rap protégé The Game, ending their bitter feud.’
    • ‘Their return has re-ignited fears that the bitter feud will escalate again.’
    • ‘The revelation led to a bitter feud and the pair did not speak for more than a year.’
    argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel, row, fight, squabble, difference of opinion, altercation, angry exchange, war of words, shouting match, tiff
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    1. 1.1 A state of prolonged mutual hostility, typically between two families or communities, characterized by murderous assaults in revenge for previous injuries.
      ‘a savage feud over drugs money’
      • ‘In ancient Athens, the Court of the Areopagiticus was set up specifically to deal justice impersonally to criminals and bring to an end the feuds and demands for family vengeance which brutalised society.’
      • ‘In this family we have feuds with two other families both of which started simultaneously about forty years ago.’
      • ‘By the end, many of them have died of gunshot wounds, victims of the murderous feuds endemic in the black neighbourhoods in New Orleans in which Cohn hangs out, and none has been particularly successful.’
      • ‘Although it is believed that the shooting was part of an ongoing feud between two local families, the Gardaí who are investigating the incident are keeping an open mind.’
      • ‘The language of revenge recalls tribal feuds rather than Islamic values.’
      • ‘Though they enjoyed the videos at Christina's house, Ted could help but be slightly bothered by the fact that at the end of each movie, the seemingly perfect lovers were both dead as a result of family feuds or gang wars.’
      • ‘The office of the papacy had become the prize to be won in the feuds and battles among noble Roman families, and these feuds had often affected the fortunes of the popes.’
      • ‘His murder was linked to an ongoing feud between two families from the area.’
      • ‘His nephew, a known drug dealer, was killed as a result of the feud between the families.’
      • ‘Distinctions and divides have also been made based on feuds between criminal families, which have brought unwanted attention to the city in recent years.’
      • ‘Such is the culture of hatred and revenge, as surely in geopolitics as in samurai films or the family feuds of the American south: with one side's victory begins the other's quest for vengeance.’
      • ‘Tripoli rebelled and formed its own Commune as a result of family feuds there.’
      • ‘There have been drugs raids and drug-related family feuds… where windows were smashed and cars were dumped.’
      • ‘A mediation service to help resolve feuds between neighbouring communities in Bradford is to be launched.’
      • ‘Some are drug-related, but many seem to be the result of ongoing and long-running feuds between families.’
      • ‘The city has been hit by a series of murders and shootings in a feud between rival families; late night riots outside a city centre fast-food centre, serious assaults and stabbings.’
      • ‘It was also a year of old reliables, notably gangland murders, drug feuds and another raid on the Beit paintings, that gave the lie to the government's cheerful statistics on crime.’
      • ‘My impression that Upper Egypt is actually a rather violent place, which has been growing the further south we go, is confirmed by her account of the feuds which ravage small communities like hers.’
      • ‘Hostilities, wars, feuds and the like slow down as Muslims worldwide turn their attention to their faith and the 15th, today, marks a period moving into preparation.’
      • ‘Although the Lis and the Murdochs tend to downplay it, there are elements of a family feud, something personal in the rivalry, dating back to 1993.’
      vendetta, conflict, war
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  • Be engaged in a prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute.

    ‘Hoover feuded with the CIA for decades’
    • ‘Another professor, with whom the plaintiff had been feuding, allegedly tore down the notices.’
    • ‘Some of you might say, this is hogwash, but just look at the number of families who have been torn apart by women feuding, this is only self-evident.’
    • ‘While the children built up an atmosphere of camaraderie, the adults often feuded, competing for the profits of the deal.’
    • ‘Our families have been feuding for generations, forget about marrying him!’
    • ‘Many of her friends were gone, she was feuding with her family, and she was showing signs of dementia.’
    • ‘Courtney has been feuding with the other former members of Nirvana for years.’
    • ‘He could not hear clearly enough to know what they were feuding about.’
    • ‘His death is associated with feuding between two local families.’
    • ‘Street gang the Deuces are feuding with their drug-dealing rivals the Vipers.’
    • ‘They came here for sanctuary after feuding between loyalists erupted into threats of execution.’
    • ‘Even the greatest players have feuded ceaselessly.’
    • ‘Jermaine, it's been no secret the family has feuded in the past.’
    • ‘Sadly, the world has been feuding for many years and unknown to her, the dispute is because of her.’
    • ‘The match was most favourable for both families, and united two rich bloodlines that had feuded in the past.’
    • ‘Moreover, it is a sordid story of printers feuding, interminable law suits, and monopolistic practices.’
    • ‘I was not unwilling to clash with him when we were in Malaysia, but feuding between two sovereign states was different.’
    • ‘It is hoped that it will be a peaceful affair and that there will be no family feuding among the rival clans!’
    • ‘The staging was especially effective when the two families, each on a different level, feuded with each other before pitching themselves into a melee of movement using all three sections.’
    • ‘For centuries, they lived in clans commanded by chieftains and feuded among themselves.’
    • ‘As they had been feuding virtually non-stop for ten years or more, that was a lasting peace.’
    quarrel, fight, argue, bicker, squabble, dispute, clash, differ, be at odds, be at daggers drawn
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Middle English fede ‘hostility, ill will’, from Old French feide, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German vēde, of Germanic origin; related to foe.