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Definition of "internecine" []

  • Of or relating to struggle within a nation, organization, or group. (adjective)
  • Mutually destructive; ruinous or fatal to both sides. (adjective)
  • Characterized by bloodshed or carnage. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "internecine" in a sentence
  • "Therefore, it seems reasonable to propose that for male hippies as well as male residents of the Iowa frontier, tensions expressed through the manhood act — counterbalanced, at times, by the restraining hands of men like Murcott — dissipated some of the emotional energy that might otherwise have found expression in internecine violence. 48"
  • "British subjectivity posed by the American crisis is that the people most like them not only take up arms in internecine strife but form an alliance with the"
  • "When I saw you use the word internecine in reference to possible infighting at the Whitehouse, it reminded me of this Word History article."