recrimination


re·crim·i·na·tion

noun \ri-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\

: an angry statement in which you accuse or criticize a person who has accused or criticized you

Full Definition of RECRIMINATION

:  a retaliatory accusation; also :  the making of such accusations <endless recrimination>
re·crim·i·nate \-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\ intransitive verb
re·crim·i·na·tive \-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective
re·crim·i·na·to·ry \-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtr-ē, -ˈkrim-nə-\ adjective

Examples of RECRIMINATION

  1. The discussion turned into a heated debate with recriminations flying back and forth.
  2. The meeting ended with bitterness and recrimination.

Origin of RECRIMINATION

Medieval Latin recrimination-, recriminatio, from recriminare to make a retaliatory charge, from Latin re- + criminari to accuse — more at criminate
First Known Use: circa 1611

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