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[ri-krim-uh-neyt] /rɪˈkrɪm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), recriminated, recriminating.
to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
verb (used with object), recriminated, recriminating.
to accuse in return.
Origin of recriminate
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin recrīminātus (past participle of recrīminārī to accuse in turn), equivalent to re- re- + crīmin-, stem of crīmen accusation, blame (see crime) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
recrimination, noun
recriminative, recriminatory
[ri-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
recriminator, noun
unrecriminative, adjective Unabridged
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(intransitive) to return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations
Derived Forms
recriminative, recriminatory, adjective
recriminator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin recrīmināre, from Latin crīminārī to accuse, from crīmen an accusation; see crime
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Word Origin and History for recriminate

"return one accusation with another," c.1600, from Medieval Latin recriminatus, past participle of recriminari "to make charges against," from Latin re- "back, again" (see re-) + criminari "to accuse," from crimen (genitive criminis) "a charge" (see crime). Related: Recriminated; recriminating.

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