of or relating to conflict or struggle within a group: an internecine feud among proxy holders.
characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
- Also in·ter·ne·cive [in-ter-nee-siv, -nes-iv]. /ˌɪn tɛrˈni sɪv, -ˈnɛs ɪv/.
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How to use internecine in a sentence
Yellowstone follows the internecine squabbling of John Dutton’s three youngest children, who include two sons and a daughter.Yellowstone is one of TV’s biggest hits. What’s Yellowstone, anyway? | Emily VanDerWerff | November 5, 2021 | Vox
The recount has sparked an internecine fight among state Republicans, with the GOP-led Maricopa County Board of Supervisors refusing to assist the effort, saying multiple past reviews have already demonstrated the election was run properly.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
You have come just in time to save us, most likely, from an internecine strife which might have ruined us all.Hidden Gold | Wilder Anthony
The Kingdom thus distracted by internecine troubles was an easy prey to the conquering Napoleon.The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
An internecine conflict between the disputants seemed to be inevitable.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2) | John William Draper
The portents in 1896 were vastly more dangerous than those of 1860, when peace and internecine war hung in the balance.
The internecine struggle was that of rival nations and creeds.Gatherings From Spain | Richard Ford
British Dictionary definitions for internecine
mutually destructive or ruinous; maiming both or all sides: internecine war
of or relating to slaughter or carnage; bloody
of or involving conflict within a group or organization
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