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

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 However, when the conservatorship ended in 2014, their financial entanglement continued, leading to a bitter rift and legal recrimination. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 The novel isn’t a love story, strictly speaking, but a forgiveness story, in which sorrow, anger, and recrimination must be put aside before love can be rediscovered. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 One caveat, however: That leak investigation could well turn the court into a hive of finger-pointing and recrimination, thus giving leakers more to leak about. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Democrats are in recrimination mode after the implosion of their multi-trillion-dollar spending bill, and one dishonest narrative is that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is callous about child poverty. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 Many neighborhoods would be understandably subsumed by despair and recrimination after such an event, but not this one. Hartford Courant, 9 June 2022 Between the leaves of that mournful story of recrimination and retrospection, Alharthi gently explores Zuhour’s troubled life in Britain. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 Field said the only reason leadership hasn’t heard of breakaway churches is because of a general uncertainty or fear of recrimination. Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 1 July 2022 Defaulting to recrimination puts us in our current political comfort zone, while the reality of Payton Gendron’s mental disturbance will fade—until next time. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 18 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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