from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Enmity or bitterness among individuals or groups of people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Feelings of hostility or ill will.
  • n. A serious feud or long-standing grudge.
  • n. An inherited immoral or disturbed nature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility


From Charles Lamb's Essays of Elia (1823). (Wiktionary)


  • The half-sisters, Miss Murchan and Miss Cornflake — oh, yes, that made the bad blood between them, the fact that they were related through their mother — both loved the same man.

    The Rising of the Moon

  • Cobb went on regretfully, "There is much bad blood among these high officers, jealousies and back-bitings."


  • Loew’s half nod acknowledged that their bad blood was just temporary.

    The Big Nowhere

  • Though the Luebeck maiden had stirred no bad blood between them, musical rivalry did.

    The Great German Composers

  • He was a hot, if not a bad-blooded man himself, and he raised both hot and bad blood in other men.

    Samuel Rutherford

  • Nor could it be otherwise that the young men contrive great wealth; but they sit by night over the cards, and it passes from them, and they speak harsh words one to another, and in anger blows are struck, and there is bad blood between them.


  • “Halbuber and Augustenburg are acting so that we shall soon have to apply force; this will cause bad blood in Vienna; it is not what I wish, but Austria gives us no choice,” he had written a few days before.

    Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire

  • Aune: Because I think it would cause bad blood against you both among the townsfolk and in the papers, if you did that.

    Pillars of Society


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