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

n a bitter quarrel between two parties

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)

v carry out a feud

“The two professors have been feuding for years”
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

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