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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the worst, bickering over the flow is a source of constant tension and recrimination. The Economist, "Water torture If China won’t build fewer dams, it could at least share information," 14 May 2020 Yet logistical challenges aside, conducting contact sports under conditions deemed too risky for spectators is a recipe for recriminations. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs reopening reflects our new reality as sports remain in limbo amid COVID-19," 30 Apr. 2020 The Trump administration began using the DPA in earnest last week, in an effort that immediately descended into farce and recrimination. Elias Groll, Wired, "The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s Mask Shortage," 6 Apr. 2020 A week after a video conference of all 27 EU leaders ended in acrimony and recrimination, euro-area governments are still at odds over how to cushion the economic impact of the virus, especially in those countries worst hit such as Italy and Spain. Alberto Brambilla,, "Euro-Area Governments Set Out Competing Plans for Virus Aid," 1 Apr. 2020 The race erupted in last-minute recriminations between Brandenburg and Schoenfeld, with Brandenburg’s supporters questioning Schoenfeld’s decision-making on the job. oregonlive, "Angela Brandenburg wins Clackamas County sheriff’s race," 21 May 2020 There has been recrimination, too, aimed at the WHO. NBC News, "Coronavirus blame game threatens to mar World Health Assembly," 17 May 2020 The confusion has led to recrimination and sinister claims, with opposition politicians accusing the fragile coalition government of covering up the real numbers. Victoria Shannon, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Britain, China: Your Friday Briefing," 17 Apr. 2020 All that continues to be true… and now Coronavirus opens up a brand-new avenue for political recriminations and mudslinging, all while complicating the physical act of going to the polls. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Top Geopolitical Risks in 2020: Coronavirus Update," 21 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'recrimination.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about recrimination

Time Traveler for recrimination

Time Traveler

The first known use of recrimination was circa 1611

See more words from the same year

Statistics for recrimination

Last Updated

9 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recrimination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for recrimination


How to pronounce recrimination (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recrimination

: an angry statement in which you accuse or criticize a person who has accused or criticized you

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on recrimination

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for recrimination

Spanish Central: Translation of recrimination

Nglish: Translation of recrimination for Spanish Speakers

Comments on recrimination

What made you want to look up recrimination? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!