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feud Syllabification: feud
Pronunciation: /fyo͞od/

Definition of feud in English:


1A state of prolonged mutual hostility, typically between two families or communities, characterized by violent assaults in revenge for previous injuries: the long-standing feud between two noble families
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • His nephew, a known drug dealer, was killed as a result of the feud between the families.
rivalry, hostility, enmity, strife, discord;
quarrel, argument, falling out
1.1A prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute: one of the most volatile feuds that currently rock the scientific community
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  • The bitter disagreements and feuds within the British establishment surrounding the vexed issue of foreign policy are seeping out into the open.
  • 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.
  • Bitter feuds between regents and mayors and their local legislative councils have often taken place in Indonesia, resulting in their removal.


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Take part in a prolonged quarrel or conflict: these two families have been feuding since the Civil War Hoover feuded with the CIA for decades
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  • His death is associated with feuding between two local families.
  • I was not unwilling to clash with him when we were in Malaysia, but feuding between two sovereign states was different.
  • Our families have been feuding for generations, forget about marrying him!
quarrel, fight, argue, bicker, squabble, fall out, dispute, clash, differ, be at odds
informal scrap


Middle English fede 'hostility, ill will', from Old French feide, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German vēde; related to foe.

Words that rhyme with feud

allude, brood, collude, conclude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, food, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd
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