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Definition related to conflict within a group

or:  severely mutually destructive
  • In March 1990 alone, 230 people lost their lives in this internecine violence.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • On the football field the players became honorary white people, but off it they were still black, and unnatural combatants in Mississippi's white internecine war.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • After four or five minutes of this internecine warfare a raven flew low over the gully, and as his shadow slipped past the pups they abandoned the bone and scuttled for shelter.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Paul never forgot, after one of these fierce internecine fights, seeing a big red moon lift itself up, slowly, between the waste road over the hilltop, steadily, like a great bird.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • 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.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • And when April finally comes, reeking of sawdust and corpses, the canyon walls of snow give way while the ice on the roads remains stubbornly fixed, a luminous, internecine network of invasion: a record of the crucifixion of Russia.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Acting upon the loftiest of impulses, filled with love for those who suffer, urged toward fellowship with the rebellious, committed to sacrifice, why was it that there existed among Communists so much hate, suspicion, bitterness, and internecine strife?
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • From her lips had come the kind of fundamental truth which, because of its simplicity, was unspoken in a church like Harris's where internecine squabbling seemed to be the purpose for the committee's existence, as well as a manifestation of faith.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Even the so-called Christian nations—which are supposed to be following a "World" Redeemer—are better known to history for their colonial barbarity and internecine strife than for any practical display of that unconditioned love, synonymous with the effective conquest of ego, ego's world, and ego's tribal god, which was taught by their professed supreme Lord: I say unto you, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He was one internecine battle, and he became cruel to her because of it.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Strife was internecine during the next fortnight, but I suffered the more, for my father had greater reserves to draw on and a wider territory for maneuver, while I was pinned to my bridgehead between the uplands and the sea.
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited

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