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.

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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 Wang , and co-director Lynn Zhang convey not only the emotional and psychological devastation done to women, but the ghosts and self-recriminations of family planning doctors, midwives and obsequious local officials who carried out the law. Jeffrey Fleishmanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "She was born into China’s one-child policy. Now, she’s unearthing its ghosts," 9 Aug. 2019 The community was an echo chamber, witnesses said, and dissenters were subject to recrimination. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers," 14 June 2019 Hunt's nervy performance as the outwardly unsympathetic Jackie, struggling to remain a dutiful wife and loving mother in the face of bitter recriminations and sinister revelations, is finely rendered. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I See You': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 8 July 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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recrimination

noun

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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