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 What’s needed in the craft brewing industry and so many others is a cultural shift that empowers employees to confront difficult situations, without fear of recrimination. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 WhatsApp groups quickly turned from banter about school events and holiday get-togethers to bitter recrimination. Heidi Levine, WSJ, 8 May 2021 Excitement quickly turned to recrimination after Internet users dug up old material to accuse Zhao of slandering China. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Eight years later, with the Games just 57 days away, that optimism has given way to recrimination and fear. Fortune, 27 May 2021 Faris is shattering in her portrayal of Christy’s complex feelings of anger and self-recrimination, but her friends closing ranks and loving her through it is Mom at its best. Tara Ariano, Vulture, 7 May 2021 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, 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, 8 Apr. 2021 The night turns into an alcohol-sodden marathon of recrimination, anger, self-laceration and infidelity. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Recrimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 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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