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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For Spain, there will be nothing but recrimination after surrendering a first half lead. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Host Russia stuns Spain in penalty kicks to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 1 July 2018 But now, apparently, any event such as these mail bombs—no matter that nothing was known about their origin—is instantly fair game for political recrimination in the U.S. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "After the Mail Bombs," 26 Oct. 2018 Ultimately, Libra slices through the BS and static, and reminds us that every moment is a moment to realign, without judgement or self-recrimination. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 8-14," 8 Oct. 2014 In this scenario, Kavanaugh, facing a charge that can never conclusively be proven nor disproven, is confirmed amid lots of recriminations and the anxiety of some moderate Republican senators. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Will a justice delayed be a justice denied?," 19 Sep. 2018 But the negotiations have repeatedly broken down, often amid recriminations on both sides that the other was not complying with the terms. David S. Cloud, latimes.com, "U.S. officials offer economic aid, security assurances if North Korea eliminates nuclear program," 13 May 2018 Fear of recrimination looms large for those who consider speaking up. Lindsey Byrnes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Aileen Rizo's Fight For Equal Pay," 24 July 2018 In subsequent years, 1968 brought about more than its share of recriminations. Alan Wolfe, The New Republic, "A Most Violent Year," 18 May 2018 But Europe prolonged the agony with bitter recriminations over who should clean up the mess. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Every One of the World’s Big Economies Is Now Growing," 27 Jan. 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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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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