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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In a negative one, the next round of U.S. tariffs on $300 billion of so far unaffected Chinese imports will kick in next week, the recriminations continue, and the urge to conduct beggar-thy-neighbor policies spirals out of control. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "A Fear at the G20 Summit: That the U.S.-China Trade War Turns Into a Currency Conflict," 28 June 2019 News of Kelly's position at Caliburn ignited widespread recriminations among Democrats. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal "investigate" John Kelly's role with company that houses migrant kids," 6 June 2019 These two father figures likewise serve as opposing types: warmth and understanding versus regret and recrimination. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Last Black Man in San Francisco' review: This old house tells a story," 11 June 2019 And, yeah, the Earl Thomas situation still has the potential to erupt into a cesspool of recrimination despite the ceasefire of hostilities once the whistle blows. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "In win over Cowboys, Seahawks show they can thrive amid the Earl Thomas chaos," 24 Sep. 2018 But nothing came of the investigation, which has become a source of recrimination in the aftermath of the attack. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "Accused Gunman in Capital Gazette Shooting Left a Trail of Conflicts," 29 June 2018 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

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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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