recrimination

noun
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 recriminate (audio) \ intransitive verb
recriminative \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce recriminative (audio) \ adjective
recriminatory \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce recriminatory (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 There were reports of possible recriminations if the game did not go ahead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland got a chance, didn’t take it at World Cup in Japan," 13 Oct. 2019 Inside the White House, recriminations have begun over how the situation devolved to a point where a formal impeachment inquiry has been announced, people briefed on the situation said. BostonGlobe.com, "The move toward disclosing more information demanded by Democrats was part of a broader effort by the administration to quell the growing calls for Trump’s impeachment, and became public after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry.," 25 Sep. 2019 Whatever hopes that other leaders had of pacifying Mr. Trump and papering over their widening differences on trade, security and the world order vanished in a flurry of harsh recriminations. New York Times, "Trump’s Blasts Upend G-7, Alienating Oldest Allies," 9 June 2018 But then the recriminations began … what started as encouragement would devolve into bullying…. Leslie Jamison, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Susan Sontag," 12 Sep. 2019 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 Often, though, the relationship between adoptees and their birth parents is complicated by misunderstandings and recriminations. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 The shooting in El Paso set off waves of anger, sadness and recriminations, fueling calls for stricter gun control as the country reeled from yet another bullet-riddled rampage in yet another city. Robert Moore, Washington Post, "Investigators search for answers after gunman kills 20 in El Paso," 4 Aug. 2019 Photo: juan ignacio roncoroni/Shutterstock Unlike previous efforts, both the EU and Mercosur negotiators refrained from public recriminations or leaking negotiating stances. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "EU, Mercosur Reach Agreement on Trade," 28 June 2019

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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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recrimination

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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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