AskDefine | Define internecine

Dictionary Definition

internecine adj
1 (of conflict) within a group or organization; "an internecine feud among proxy holders"
2 characterized by bloodshed and carnage for both sides; "internecine war" [syn: mutually ruinous]

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Etymology

From Latin internecīvus, deadly, alternatively, Latin inter (between) and necare (to slay).

Pronunciation

  • /ˌɪntəˈniːsaɪn/ (RP)
  • /ˌɪntɚˈnɛsin/ (US)

Adjective

  1. Mutually destructive; most often applied to warfare.
    Internecine strife in Gaza claimed its most senior victim yesterday when militants assassinated one of the most hated security chiefs there.
  2. Characterized by struggle within a group, usually applied to an ethnic or familial relationship.
    The Mongol people were plagued by internecine conflict until Genghis Khan unified them and focused their aggression outwards on other peoples.

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