From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vendetta \Ven*det"ta\, n. [It.]
   1. A blood feud; private revenge for the murder of a kinsman.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. Any feud or contention that is bitter and prolonged;
      however, the deep enmity may be held by only one party to
      the dispute; as, the former Mayor nurtured a lifelong
      vendetta against the candidate who defeated him.
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