coun·​ter·​ac·​cu·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌa-kyə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce counteraccusation (audio) , -(ˌ)kyü- \
variants: or counter-accusation
plural counteraccusations or counter-accusations

Definition of counteraccusation

: an accusation made in response to another accusation : a charge of wrongdoing or fault made toward a person or group who originally made such a charge … the disputes, the accusations and counteraccusations, the genuine economic chasm and the presumed social divide …— James Baldwin … he can launch a frontal attack. In this case he deflects, re-directs and declines to answer all opposition questions, instead launching counter-accusations of his own.— Michael Den Tandt

First Known Use of counteraccusation

1808, in the meaning defined above

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“Counteraccusation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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