1. (of conflict) within a group or organization;
- Example: "an internecine feud among proxy holders"
2. characterized by bloodshed and carnage for both sides;
- Example: "internecine war"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Internecine \In`ter*ne"cine\, a. [L. internecinus deadly, murderous, fr. internecare to kill, to slaughter; inter between + necare to kill; akin to Gr. ? dead. See Necromancy.] 1. Involving, or accompanied by, mutual slaughter; mutually destructive. [1913 Webster] Internecine quarrels, horrible tumults, stain the streets with blood. --Motley. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to internal conflicts within a group; as, internecine quarrels. Syn: intramural. [PJC]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "internecine": baneful, brutal, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, consuming, consumptive, deadly, death-bringing, deathful, deathly, demolishing, demolitionary, depredatory, desolating, destroying, destructive, devastating, disastrous, doomful, fatal, fateful, feral, fratricidal, killing, lethal, malign, malignant, mortal, nihilist, nihilistic, pernicious, ravaging, ruining, ruinous, savage, self-destructive, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, vandalic, vandalish, vandalistic, virulent, wasteful, wasting, withering