re·​crim·​i·​na·​tion | \ri-ˌkri-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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 \ intransitive verb
recriminative \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv \ adjective
recriminatory \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē , 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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The often-tense mother-daughter dance of recrimination and forgiveness is spectacularly acted. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "The Bounty of Netflix International," 29 June 2018 That could change if the tensions spiral into a tit-for-tat cycle of recriminations. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Fed report shows business execs worry about Trump's trade moves," 19 Apr. 2018 But England is unlikely to beat itself, or exit this tournament amid self-recrimination or under the shadow of some manufactured controversy. Brian Straus,, "England's New Three Lions Appear to Be a Different Animal at This World Cup," 24 June 2018 That agreement collapsed during the George W. Bush administration in 2002, amid mutual recriminations. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump's goal of total 'denuclearization' of North Korea is a long shot," 7 June 2018 Knud Adams directs the screening of home movies and the dawning of self-recrimination. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 The haze and shadows are a fog of time and recrimination not ready to lift. Cate Mcquaid,, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 But Sano, following an investigation, was not suspended by MLB and suffered virtually no recriminations whatsoever, either officially or unofficially. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment," 27 June 2018 The result meant Croatia could begin looking toward the knockout rounds, while the recriminations for Argentina began almost immediately. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Croatia Buries Argentina’s World Cup Hopes in a Deep Hole," 22 June 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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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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