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]
EtymologyFrom Latin internecīvus, deadly, alternatively, Latin inter (between) and necare (to slay).
- /ˌɪntəˈniːsaɪn/ (RP)
- /ˌɪntɚˈnɛsin/ (US)
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.
- Characterized by struggle within a group, usually applied to an ethnic or familial relationship.
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