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.
Recent Examples on the Web The recriminations would be reserved for a private setting. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "The seeds of Michigan football's loss to Ohio State were sown on the recruiting trail," 30 Nov. 2019 Death Stranding is Kojima’s escape, not just from Metal Gear’s cardboard box but also from the restrictions and recriminations of his former corporate parent Konami. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect," 1 Nov. 2019 Her 2009 run-in with West kicked off a decade-long rollercoaster relationship that has included partial reconciliations, recriminations and multiple songs inspired by the other. Adam Carlson,, "Taylor Swift Makes Sly Reference to Kanye West Crashing Her Speech 10 Years Ago on 2019 VMAs Carpet," 26 Aug. 2019 But unlike Hrabal’s cheerful palaverers, the neighbor speaks in the bitter register of recrimination. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, "The Violent Insights of Bohumil Hrabal," 19 Nov. 2019 After years of deadlock and recrimination over Brexit, Britain is heading for another general election on December 12th to try to settle the matter. The Economist, "UK general election 2019," 18 Nov. 2019 Confusion over who has the final say also led to the recent, ugly recriminations over Mother Cabrini, a nun who created health and social welfare programs for poor Italian immigrants and others in New York, Chicago and elsewhere. New York Times, "New York’s Race to Build Monuments Runs Into Friction on the Ground," 25 Oct. 2019 There were reports of possible recriminations if the game did not go ahead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland got a chance, didn’t take it at World Cup in Japan," 13 Oct. 2019 Inside the White House, recriminations have begun over how the situation devolved to a point where a formal impeachment inquiry has been announced, people briefed on the situation said., "The move toward disclosing more information demanded by Democrats was part of a broader effort by the administration to quell the growing calls for Trump’s impeachment, and became public after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry.," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Recrimination.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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