feud

Feud \Feud\ (f[=u]d), n. [OE. feide, AS. f[=ae]h[eth], fr. f[=a]h hostile; akin to OHG. f[=e]hida, G. fehde, Sw. fejd, D. feide; prob. akin to E. fiend. See Foe.] 1. A combination of kindred to avenge injuries or affronts, done or offered to any of their blood, on the offender and all his race. [1913 Webster] 2. A contention or quarrel; especially, an inveterate strife between families, clans, or parties; deadly hatred; contention satisfied only by bloodshed. [1913 Webster] Mutual feuds and battles betwixt their several tribes and kindreds. --Purchas. Syn: Affray; fray; broil; contest; dispute; strife. [1913 Webster]