internecine


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to internecine: Internecine war

in·ter·nec·ine

(ĭn′tər-nĕs′ēn′, -ĭn, -nē′sīn′)
adj.
1. Of or relating to struggle within a nation, organization, or group.
2. Mutually destructive; ruinous or fatal to both sides.
3. Characterized by bloodshed or carnage.

[Latin internecīnus, destructive, variant of internecīvus, from internecāre, to slaughter : inter-, intensive pref.; see inter- + nex, nec-, death; see nek-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Word History: Internecine was first recorded in English in 1663, and at that time was used with the meaning "deadly" as part of the phrase internecine war. The Latin source of the word, spelled both internecīnus and internecīvus, meant "fought to the death, murderous." It is a derivative of the verb necāre, "to kill." However, in the 1700s, when Samuel Johnson was working on his great dictionary, he included internecine with the meaning "endeavoring mutual destruction." Some scholars believe that Johnson's definition was an error; that he misunderstood the prefix inter- as meaning "between" (which is its usual meaning) rather than as an intensifier meaning "all the way." Regardless of where Johnson's definition came from, his dictionary was so popular and considered so authoritative that his definition sparked a slight shift in the usage of internecine. From this point, more and more people began to use the word to imply a type of conflict in which opposing sides attempt mutual destruction rather than one that is simply highly destructive and deadly. This shift, which put the emphasis on a struggle between groups, paved the way for the eventual emergence of the sense that is most commonly used today, "relating to internal struggle within a nation, organization, or group." This modern usage can be seen in the sentence "While he was becoming more and more closely drawn into the internecine politics of the Socialist party and its pro-Bolshevik and anti-Bolshevik offshoots, she was getting a broader sense of the country, of what the Russian experiment meant to various people" (Mary V. Dearborn).

internecine

(ˌɪntəˈniːsaɪn) or

internecive

adj
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
[C17: from Latin internecīnus, from internecāre to destroy, from necāre to kill]

in•ter•ne•cine

(ˌɪn tərˈni sin, -saɪn, -ˈnɛs in, -ˈnɛs aɪn)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group: an internecine feud.
2. mutually destructive.
3. characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
[1655–65; < Latin internecīnus, internecīvus murderous, derivative of internecāre to exterminate]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.internecine - (of conflict) within a group or organization; "an internecine feud among proxy holders"
internal - happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface; "internal organs"; "internal mechanism of a toy"; "internal party maneuvering"
2.internecine - characterized by bloodshed and carnage for both sides; "internecine war"
bloody - having or covered with or accompanied by blood; "a bloody nose"; "your scarf is all bloody"; "the effects will be violent and probably bloody"; "a bloody fight"

internecine

adjective destructive, bloody, deadly, fatal, mortal, exterminating, ruinous, exterminatory The episode has turned attention to the internecine strife here.
Translations

internecine

[ˌɪntəˈniːsaɪn]
A. ADJ [strife, feud, warfare] → intestina
B. CPD internecine war Nguerra f de aniquilación mutua

internecine

[ˌɪntərˈniːsaɪn] adj [conflict, war, quarrel] → mutuellement destructeur/trice

internecine

adj
(= mutually destructive)für beide Seiten verlustreich; (= bloody)mörderisch; internecine wargegenseitiger Vernichtungskrieg
(= internal) quarrel, conflictintern; internecine strifeinnere Zerrissenheit

internecine

[ˌɪntəˈnisaɪn] adjdistruttivo/a per entrambe le parti
References in classic literature ?
Add to this that there are two young Englanders in the house, who hate all the Americans in a lump, making between them none of the distinctions and favourable comparisons which they insist upon, and you will, I think, hold me warranted in believing that, between precipitate decay and internecine enmities, the English-speaking family is destined to consume itself; and that with its decline the prospect of general pervasiveness, to which I alluded above, will brighten for the deep-lunged children of the Fatherland!
A typical illustration of the internecine strife that permeated all society.
It was the only battle which I have ever witnessed, the only battle-field I ever trod while the battle was raging; internecine war; the red republicans on the one hand, and the black imperialists on the other.
Labour's internecine rifts are now deepening to such an extent, however, that the only questions left to answer are when he will go, how he will go and who will replace him.
Reports suggest that hundreds of militants on both sides have so far been killed in the internecine clashes.
1 (BNA): Bahrain is able to thwart foreign-backed designs which aim at fueling internecine strife, said Egyptian journalist Al-Sayyed Al-Babli.
A visit to her grandparents' farm in the country reveals the abject poverty the couple came to the city to escape, and the internecine marital strife that threatens to be born anew.
I attended a number of meetings where Labour internecine war raged openly.
Is there something in the water in Canberra that makes Australia's politicians consume each other in campaigns of internecine fighting rather than actually working for the best interests of the nation as a whole?
But in Pakistan, the ruling elite across the political divide continues with its shenanigans and internecine conflicts.
THE internecine feud between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is the kind of scrap Formula One has been crying out for years.
The GOP's internecine conflict began at the party's March convention, when Mr.