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recrimination

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noun re·crim·i·na·tion \ri-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of recrimination

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

Full Definition of recrimination

  1. :  a retaliatory accusation; also :  the making of such accusations <endless recrimination>

re·crim·i·nate play \-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\ intransitive verb
re·crim·i·na·tive play \-ˌnā-tiv\ adjective
re·crim·i·na·to·ry play \-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtȯr-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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