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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feud  \Feud\,  n.  [OE.  feide,  AS  f?h?,  fr  f[=a]h  hostile;  akin 
  to  OHG.  f?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. 
 
  2.  A  contention  or  quarrel;  especially,  an  inveterate  strife 
  between  families,  clans,  or  parties;  deadly  hatred; 
  contention  satisfied  only  by  bloodshed. 
 
  Mutual  feuds  and  battles  betwixt  their  several 
  tribes  and  kindreds.  --Purchas. 
 
  Syn:  Affray;  fray;  broil;  contest;  dispute;  strife. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feud  \Feud\,  n.  [LL.  feudum  feodum  prob.  of  same  origin  as  E. 
  fief.  See  {Fief},  {Fee}.]  (Law) 
  A  stipendiary  estate  in  land,  held  of  superior,  by  service; 
  the  right  which  a  vassal  or  tenant  had  to  the  lands  or  other 
  immovable  thing  of  his  lord,  to  use  the  same  and  take  the 
  profists  thereof  hereditarily,  rendering  to  his  superior  such 
  duties  and  services  as  belong  to  military  tenure,  etc.,  the 
  property  of  the  soil  always  remaining  in  the  lord  or 
  superior;  a  fief;  a  fee. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feud 
  n  :  a  bitter  quarrel  between  two  parties 
  v  :  carry  out  a  feud;  "The  two  professors  have  been  feuding  for 
  years" 




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