internecine internecine  /ɪn ˈtɜr nə ˌsin/


  1. (adj) (of conflict) within a group or organization
  2. (adj) characterized by bloodshed and carnage for both sides


  1. The enemy is within; the raging internecine war will spill a lot of blood.
  2. The mafia warlords' internecine war of territories goes on unabated as the police stands and watches.
  3. With such internecine battles debilitating the party from within, it does not need an enemy.


  • Analysis - Al Qaeda's Syria rift may lead to open conflict among jihadis

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - A rift between Syrian jihadis and their fellow fighters from al Qaeda's Iraqi wing may lead to internecine war among some of the most effective rebel groups in combating President Bashar al-Assad. Trouble has been brewing since April over what Syria's Nusra Front regards as a power grab by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq. Now ...
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. Mr. Bush predicted that it was "unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups."
    on Mar 26, 2006 By: President Bush Source: New York Times

  2. "We can't split a small people like the Kyrgyz by geography," Bakiyev said today by telephone from his native Jalalabad region. "We're doing everything to prevent internecine warfare."
    on Apr 9, 2010 By: Kurmanbek Bakiyev Source: BusinessWeek

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