follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

internecine

[in-ter-nee-seen, -sahyn, -nes-een, -nes-ahyn] /ˌɪn tərˈni sin, -saɪn, -ˈnɛs in, -ˈnɛs aɪn/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group:
an internecine feud among proxy holders.
2.
mutually destructive.
3.
characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
Also, internecive
[in-ter-nee-siv, -nes-iv] /ˌɪn tɛrˈni sɪv, -ˈnɛs ɪv/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin internecīnus, internecīvus murderous, equivalent to internec(āre) to kill out, exterminate (inter- inter- + necāre to kill) + -īnus -ine1, -īvus -ive
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for internecive

internecine

/ˌɪntəˈniːsaɪn/
adjective
1.
mutually destructive or ruinous; maiming both or all sides: internecine war
2.
of or relating to slaughter or carnage; bloody
3.
of or involving conflict within a group or organization
Word Origin
C17: from Latin internecīnus, from internecāre to destroy, from necāre to kill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for internecive

internecine

adj.

1660s, "deadly, destructive," from Latin internecinus "very deadly, murderous, destructive," from internecare "kill or destroy," from inter (see inter-) + necare "kill" (see noxious). Considered in the OED as misinterpreted in Johnson's Dictionary [1755], which defined it as "endeavouring mutual destruction," on association of inter- with "mutual" when the prefix supposedly is used in this case as an intensive. From Johnson, wrongly or not, has come the main modern definition of "mutually destructive."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for internecine

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for internecive

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for internecive