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 recrimination (audio) \ intransitive verb
recriminative \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce recrimination (audio) \ adjective
recriminatory \ ri-​ˈkri-​mə-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce recrimination (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 One day Lehman Brothers was there, one of world's largest, sturdiest investment banks; the next it was gone, liquidated under a cloud of bankruptcy and recrimination. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 Oct. 2021 As relations between France and the United States sink to their lowest depths in decades, Britain has emerged as the unlikely winner in a maritime security alliance that has sowed anger and recrimination across three continents. Mark Landler, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 The provocation from the Kim Jong Un regime drew immediate recrimination from the U.S. and Japan, while South Korea strengthened its defensive posture. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Should the Americans fail to win a gold medal for the first time since 2004 — a real possibility given the unique circumstances of these Games — this effort is doomed to be the subject of ridicule and recrimination. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 The war in Afghanistan finally ended Tuesday not with celebration but recrimination about all that has gone wrong and criticism about misjudgments made by a series of commanders in chief. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 Should the Americans fail to win a gold medal for the first time since 2004 — a real possibility given the unique circumstances of these Games — this effort is doomed to be the subject of ridicule and recrimination. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 Should the Americans fail to win a gold medal for the first time since 2004 — a real possibility given the unique circumstances of these Games — this effort is doomed to be the subject of ridicule and recrimination. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 Should the Americans fail to win a gold medal for the first time since 2004 — a real possibility given the unique circumstances of these Games — this effort is doomed to be the subject of ridicule and recrimination. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Recrimination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recrimination. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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