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)

Synonyms: Affray, fray, broil, contest, dispute, strife.

Origin: OE. Feide, AS. Fh, fr. Fah hostile; akin to OHG. Fhida, G. Fehde, Sw. Fejd, D. Feide; prob. Akin to E. Fiend. See Foe.

(01 Mar 1998)

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