Definition of blood feud in US English:

blood feud


  • A lengthy conflict between families involving a cycle of retaliatory killings or injury.

    • ‘Here, the tale of a long blood feud between two families is transported to Brazil, but the resonant thematic material would work anywhere.’
    • ‘I think they have been killed due to a blood feud, which happen in the north.’
    • ‘The tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers in 14 th-century Verona, their romance doomed by the longstanding blood feud between their respective families.’
    • ‘Her family did battle with the, a vicious blood feud that lasted a decade.’
    • ‘Certainly, a case that would have to jump out at us as the quintessential blood feud in the West would be the Lincoln County war of 1878-81.’
    • ‘As might be imagined, this seeking of justice would often escalate into a private vendetta and eventually into a blood feud between families or tribes.’
    • ‘His family is involved in a blood feud that takes place on Iceland.’
    • ‘They had been denied betrothal to each other by their fathers and by the tradition of their clans for there was a blood feud between their two great families.’
    • ‘Who could have foreseen the blood feud that would persist to this day.’
    • ‘These disputes quickly became outright battles and soon a blood feud began between then two countries.’
    • ‘In Wales the gentry seem to have discarded the blood feud along with other elements of Celtic culture.’
    • ‘‘We are sorry about what happened,’ he says, but argues that the deaths were the result of a decades-long blood feud between the families.’
    • ‘The war then became a blood feud and the death of Longshanks in 1307 gave Bruce the initiative.’
    • ‘The rights and obligations surrounding the concept of honor have often led to the blood feud, which frequently lasts for generations.’
    • ‘However, if two families are experiencing a blood feud, they may settle their agreement through a marriage alliance.’
    • ‘And now he's left the Cowboys for the Redskins, who have been engaged in a decades-long blood feud with each other.’
    • ‘But you must use discretion if you wish to survive your blood feud.’
    • ‘A blood feud had been occurring between the two races for thousands of years.’
    • ‘The Secretary of State notes that you claim that your father approached village elders with a request that they mediate in the blood feud in which your family is involved.’
    • ‘Before Ali can win his princess, there's a war followed by a blood feud to overcome.’
    feud, quarrel, argument, falling-out, wrangle, clash, altercation, dispute, fight, war
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blood feud

/ˈbləd ˈˌfyo͞od/