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Friday, April 13, 2001

Definitions for internecine

  1. Of or relating to conflict within a nation, an organization, or a group.
  2. Mutually destructive; involving or accompanied by mutual slaughter.
  3. Deadly; destructive; marked by slaughter.

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Citations for internecine
It was directed locally and regionally by mid-level party bosses . . . who were likely to be engaged in internecine feuding. Michael H. Kater, The Twisted Muse
The Mexican government, wracked with internecine struggle and hopelessly in debt, had threatened to nationalize American oil companies. Susan Hertog, Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life
Origin of internecine
Internecine is from Latin internecinus, from internecare, "to destroy utterly, to exterminate," from inter- + necare, "to kill," from nec-, nex, "violent death."
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