re·​crim·​i·​na·​tion | \ ri-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce recrimination (audio) \

Definition of recrimination

: a retaliatory accusation also : the making of such accusations endless recrimination

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Other Words from recrimination

recriminate \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​ˌnāt How to pronounce recrimination (audio) \ intransitive verb
recriminative \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce recrimination (audio) \ adjective
recriminatory \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce recrimination (audio) , ri-​ˈkrim-​nə-​ \ adjective

Examples of recrimination in a Sentence

The discussion turned into a heated debate with recriminations flying back and forth. The meeting ended with bitterness and recrimination.
Recent Examples on the Web Though the two proposals shared many similarities, the legislative process deteriorated into recrimination, with the parties accusing each other of trying to score political wins and not reforms. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Police reform stalls in Washington a year after George Floyd's death," 9 Apr. 2021 And meanwhile, the reconciliation our country really needs, in which our two political parties find some way to break the cycle of mutual recrimination and enmity, is nowhere on the horizon. Philip Wallach, National Review, "The Perils of Making Reconciliation a Filibuster Workaround," 8 Apr. 2021 The night turns into an alcohol-sodden marathon of recrimination, anger, self-laceration and infidelity. Washington Post, "George Segal, actor of roguish charm and wide dramatic range, dies at 87," 24 Mar. 2021 The whole thing becomes like a Jacuzzi of recrimination, where the jets are spraying in everyone’s faces and no one can relax. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey Recap: Joe Blow," 31 Mar. 2021 But the ambition of Da 5 Bloods is particularly impressive, weaving a complex tale of recrimination and guilt that centers on four Black Vietnam War veterans. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Films of 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 Republic journalists have dodged flashbangs and been hit by tear gas blasts in the current wave of civil unrest and recrimination. Greg Burton, The Arizona Republic, "From the Republic editor: Our pledge for a newsroom that reflects our diverse community," 21 Aug. 2020 The resulting conflicts, humiliations, and recriminations raise the drama to a high pitch that Wagner nonetheless keeps at a just-so simmer. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Revisiting “Moment by Moment,” Lily Tomlin and John Travolta’s Wrongly Despised 1978 Melodrama," 9 Sep. 2019 People don’t sit for hours on end reviewing their lives and firing off (then walking back) recriminations. Charles Mcnulty,, "Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons fill 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' with sorrow and savagery," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of recrimination

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recrimination

Medieval Latin recrimination-, recriminatio, from recriminare to make a retaliatory charge, from Latin re- + criminari to accuse — more at criminate

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The first known use of recrimination was circa 1611

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19 Apr 2021

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“Recrimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recrimination

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

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