Internecine Definition

ĭntər-nĕsēn, -ĭn, -nēsīn
Full of slaughter or destruction.
Webster's New World
Deadly or harmful to both sides of a group involved in a conflict, as a civil war; mutually destructive or harmful.
Webster's New World
Of or involving conflict within a group.
Webster's New World
Characterized by bloodshed or carnage.
American Heritage

Origin of Internecine

  • Latin internecīnus destructive variant of internecīvus from internecāre to slaughter inter- intensive pref. inter– nex nec- death nek-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary


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