blood feud


: a feud between different clans or families

Examples of blood feud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attack deepened a blood feud and led to days of clashes that left 13 people dead and forced 4,000 from their homes. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Sep. 2023 Under the practice of baad, families exchange women to settle blood feuds. Ross McDonnell, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2023 This is a pretty decent workaround for Cattrall and Parker’s decades-long blood feud, as Cattrall has been extremely vocal about Parker allegedly treating her poorly on set. Vulture, 31 May 2023 The same goes for the Big 12, which will span four time zones, offer in-state blood feuds (Brigham Young-Utah, anyone?), as well as bring more must-see hoops matchups to the table when Arizona plays Kansas, Baylor and the rest. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 Yes, schemes are hatched, alliances are formed, and blood feuds are forged. Siren Goes Off, Vulture, 16 June 2023 Instead of last year’s Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher blood feud, this legislative matter will headline the only league event not televised live on the SEC Network. Michael Casagrande |, al, 25 May 2023 Carlson further characterized Ukrainians as warmongers, desperate to fulfill a blood feud with Putin that will jeopardize American lives—a particularly spurious claim given that Russia has unambiguously been the aggressor and is currently bombing sites all over the country. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 Morty’s embrace of Rick’s philosophy that causes the trouble, as Morty feels the need to return to the portal fully armed, ready to fight back against his confused enemy, repeatedly sparking a blood feud, while his carelessness in leaving behind a weapon inspires a technological revolution. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 21 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blood feud was in 1815

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“Blood feud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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