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|Jay Michaelson|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
ISIS has been at the root of the internecine warfare between Syrian rebel groups.
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|David Freedlander|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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”|David Nasaw|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Terry McDermott|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There was an internecine battle of "corps," which was chiefly developed in brisk affairs of outposts.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
During the past year the Republic of Nicaragua has been the scene of internecine struggle.State of the Union Addresses of William H. Taft|William H. Taft
It was very clear that internecine strife had caused the migrations of the tribes.
I should like to know who profits by their internecine war; I think no one but the native buyers of their goods.West African studies|Mary Henrietta Kingsley
They were restrained from internecine conflict, which was all to their own good.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for internecine
Word Origin for internecine
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."