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Vendetta

The blood-feud, or duty of the nearest kin of a murdered man to kill the murderer. It prevails in Corsica, and exists in Sicily, Sardinia, and Calabria. It is preserved among the Druses, Circassians, Arabs, etc. (Latin, vindicta.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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