feud (n.) c.1300, fede "enmity, hatred, hostility," northern English and Scottish; perhaps from an unrecorded O.E. word or else from O.Fr. fede, from O.H.G. fehida "contention, quarrel, feud," from P.Gmc. *faihitha noun of state from adj. *faiho- (Cf. O.E. fæhð "enmity," fah "hostile;" Ger. Fehde "feud;" O.Fris. feithe "enmity;" see FOE (Cf. foe)). Sense of "vendetta" is early 15c. Alteration of spelling in 16c. is unexplained. As a verb, from 1670s. Related: Feuded; feuding.

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