Meaning of feud


A feud is a long-standing fight, often between two families. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare describes the lovers’ long-feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues.

Feuds do not have to be violent—what characterizes them is long-standing hostility. Ethnic groups can sometimes be said to be feuding. Kids in school who refuse to sit at the same lunch table over a period of years could describe their relationship as a feud.

Definitions of feud
  1. noun

    a bitter quarrel between two parties

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    blood feud, vendetta

    a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other
    type of:

    battle, conflict, struggle

    an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

  2. verb

    carry out a feud

    “The two professors have been
    feuding for years”
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    type of:

    contend, fight, struggle

    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

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