blood feud


Definition of blood feud

: a feud between different clans or families

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The multigenerational blood feud at the heart of the Njála resists summary. Stefan Beck, WSJ, "An Epic of Human Scale," 20 July 2018 Killings turn into blood feuds that lead to more killings. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "A Grass-Roots Afghan Peace Movement Grows, Step by Step," 15 June 2018 By swiftly dispensing with the murder, Kadare can expand at length on the real subject of Broken April: the culture that surrounds and maintains the blood feud. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Stewards of the Blood," 23 Jan. 2018 How far can the president take his blood feud with Jeff Bezos? Jon Kelly, The Hive, "Will John Bolton Undercut the Trump-Putin Bromance?," 30 Mar. 2018 Instead the brawl over the 2016 election has become a blood feud in which the facts seem irrelevant. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The McCabe March Madness," 18 Mar. 2018 The Kanun regulates manners, marriages, and above all the blood feud in which the Berishas have found themselves. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Stewards of the Blood," 23 Jan. 2018 There’s nothing like a progressive blood feud for entertainment, but the people who pay the price are the subway riders and taxpayers of New York. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "New York’s Liberal Subway War," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of blood feud

1815, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blood feud

: a very long fight between two families or groups in which each group kills members of the other group in order to punish the group for earlier murders

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