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

  • n. A feud between two families or clans that arises out of a slaying and is perpetuated by retaliatory acts of revenge; a blood feud.
  • n. A bitter, destructive feud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bitter, destructive feud, normally between two families, clans, or factions, in which each injury or slaying is revenged: a blood feud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blood feud; private revenge for the murder of a kinsman.
  • n. Any feud or contention that is bitter and prolonged; however, the deep enmity may be held by only one party to the dispute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A condition of private war in which the nearest of kin execute vengeance on the slayer of a relative; a blood-feud

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

  • n. a feud in which members of the opposing parties murder each other


Italian, from Latin vindicta, revenge; see vindictive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian vendetta. (Wiktionary)



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