Definition of feud in English:



  • 1A prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute:

    ‘his long-standing feud with Universal Pictures’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bitter feuds between regents and mayors and their local legislative councils have often taken place in Indonesia, resulting in their removal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bitter disagreements and feuds within the British establishment surrounding the vexed issue of foreign policy are seeping out into the open.’
    • ‘The Ryder Cup has not just been a battleground for the rival teams, the competition has also fuelled some bitter internal feuds.’
    • ‘50 Cent has publicly called a truce with his rap protégé The Game, ending their bitter feud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bitter feud between huntsmen and the anti-hunt movement is about something quite different.’
    • ‘What better way than a bitter feud with a true rival?’
    • ‘The revelation led to a bitter feud and the pair did not speak for more than a year.’
    • ‘It was this civility between Hakkinen and Schumacher that made the 2000 championship duel so different from the bitter feuds between Senna and Prost.’
    • ‘A maverick, who brooks no compromises, she is capable both of expansive friendships and bitter feuds.’
    • ‘Their return has re-ignited fears that the bitter feud will escalate again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their bitter feud has escalated since Shaq's offseason trade to Miami.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bitter feud is threatening to overshadow Liverpool's Worthington Cup semi-final showdown with Sheffield United.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 this family we have feuds with two other families both of which started simultaneously about forty years ago.’
      • ‘His nephew, a known drug dealer, was killed as a result of the feud between the families.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tripoli rebelled and formed its own Commune as a result of family feuds there.’
      • ‘Some are drug-related, but many seem to be the result of ongoing and long-running feuds between families.’
      • ‘His murder was linked to an ongoing feud between two families from the area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There have been drugs raids and drug-related family feuds… where windows were smashed and cars were dumped.’
      • ‘Distinctions and divides have also been made based on feuds between criminal families, which have brought unwanted attention to the city in recent years.’
      • ‘A mediation service to help resolve feuds between neighbouring communities in Bradford is to be launched.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The language of revenge recalls tribal feuds rather than Islamic values.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      vendetta, conflict, war
      rivalry, hostility, enmity, strife, discord, bad blood, animosity, antagonism, grudge, estrangement, schism
      quarrel, argument, bickering, falling-out
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  • Be engaged in a prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute:

    ‘Hoover feuded with the CIA for decades’
    • ‘Even the greatest players have feuded ceaselessly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He could not hear clearly enough to know what they were feuding about.’
    • ‘As they had been feuding virtually non-stop for ten years or more, that was a lasting peace.’
    • ‘They came here for sanctuary after feuding between loyalists erupted into threats of execution.’
    • ‘I was not unwilling to clash with him when we were in Malaysia, but feuding between two sovereign states was different.’
    • ‘Sadly, the world has been feuding for many years and unknown to her, the dispute is because of her.’
    • ‘His death is associated with feuding between two local families.’
    • ‘Many of her friends were gone, she was feuding with her family, and she was showing signs of dementia.’
    • ‘Our families have been feuding for generations, forget about marrying him!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, it is a sordid story of printers feuding, interminable law suits, and monopolistic practices.’
    • ‘Courtney has been feuding with the other former members of Nirvana for years.’
    • ‘For centuries, they lived in clans commanded by chieftains and feuded among themselves.’
    • ‘Jermaine, it's been no secret the family has feuded in the past.’
    • ‘While the children built up an atmosphere of camaraderie, the adults often feuded, competing for the profits of the deal.’
    • ‘It is hoped that it will be a peaceful affair and that there will be no family feuding among the rival clans!’
    • ‘The match was most favourable for both families, and united two rich bloodlines that had feuded in the past.’
    • ‘Street gang the Deuces are feuding with their drug-dealing rivals the Vipers.’
    • ‘Another professor, with whom the plaintiff had been feuding, allegedly tore down the notices.’
    quarrel, fight, argue, bicker, squabble, dispute, clash, differ, be at odds, be at daggers drawn
    wage war, take up arms
    scrap, fall out, go at it hammer and tongs, fight like cat and dog
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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.