- of or relating to conflict or struggle within a group: an internecine feud among proxy holders.
- mutually destructive.
- characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
Origin of internecine
Examples from the Web for internecine
And much of the reported violence is internecine warfare between Christians and Muslims, with atrocities on all sides.State Department Highlights Actual Oppression Against Christians
July 28, 2014
ISIS has been at the root of the internecine warfare between Syrian rebel groups.Al-Qaeda Denounces Syrian Jihadist Group ISIS
February 3, 2014
Democrats are unlikely to face the internecine battles the Republican Party has endured over the last five years.It’s DINO Hunting Season as the Democrats Gird for Their Own Civil War
December 11, 2013
She is even-handed in detailing the internecine battles between Insurgents and Regulars for control of the party.Wait for the Movie Version of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “The Bully Pulpit”
November 12, 2013
They blamed the Americans for the internecine struggle that broke out among competing Afghan political parties afterward.9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Finally on Trial at Guantanamo
May 4, 2012
Internecine destruction probably has a meaning we can only guess at.The Conquest of Fear
They would have been led on by internecine warfare to mutual destruction.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
I will not believe that we stand to-day in danger of internecine war!The Long Roll
The key is, no doubt, to be found in the internecine jealousies of the sections.A History of the United States
He was one internecine battle, and he became cruel to her because of it.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
- mutually destructive or ruinous; maiming both or all sidesinternecine war
- of or relating to slaughter or carnage; bloody
- of or involving conflict within a group or organization
Word Origin and History for internecine
1660s, "deadly, destructive," from Latin internecinus "very deadly, murderous, destructive," from internecare "kill or destroy," from inter (see inter-) + necare "kill" (see noxious). Considered in the OED as misinterpreted in Johnson's Dictionary , which defined it as "endeavouring mutual destruction," on association of inter- with "mutual" when the prefix supposedly is used in this case as an intensive. From Johnson, wrongly or not, has come the main modern definition of "mutually destructive."