recrimination

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

Definition of recrimination

  1. :  a retaliatory accusation; also :  the making of such accusations <endless recrimination>

recriminate

play \-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\ intransitive verb

recriminative

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recriminatory

play \-ˈkri-mə-nə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˈkrim-nə-\ adjective

Examples of recrimination in a sentence

  1. The discussion turned into a heated debate with recriminations flying back and forth.

  2. The meeting ended with bitterness and recrimination.

Did You Know?

Defending oneself from a verbal attack by means of a counterattack is as natural as physical self-defense. So a disaster often brings recriminations among those connected with it, and divorces and child-custody battles usually involve recriminations between husband and wife. An actual crime isn't generally involved, but it may be; when two suspects start exchanging angry recriminations after they've been picked up, it often leads to one of them turning against the other in court.

Origin and Etymology of recrimination

Medieval Latin recrimination-, recriminatio, from recriminare to make a retaliatory charge, from Latin re- + criminari to accuse — more at criminate


First Known Use: circa 1611


RECRIMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

recrimination

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

Definition of recrimination for English Language Learners

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


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