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[in-ter-nee-seen, -sahyn, -nes-een, -nes-ahyn] /ˌɪn tərˈni sin, -saɪn, -ˈnɛs in, -ˈnɛs aɪn/

of or relating to conflict or struggle within a group:
an internecine feud among proxy holders.
mutually destructive.
characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
mutually destructive or ruinous; maiming both or all sides: internecine war
of or relating to slaughter or carnage; bloody
of or involving conflict within a group or organization

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.”


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