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recrimination

[ri-krim-uh-ney-shuh n] /rɪˌkrɪm əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of recriminating, or countercharging:
Hope gave way to recrimination with both sides claiming the moral high ground.
2.
a countercharge:
The poll suggests that the public is frustrated by the bickering and recriminations.
Related forms
self-recrimination, noun

recriminate

[ri-krim-uh-neyt] /rɪˈkrɪm əˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), recriminated, recriminating.
1.
to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
verb (used with object), recriminated, recriminating.
2.
to accuse in return.
Origin
1595-1605
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),
adjective
recriminator, noun
unrecriminative, adjective
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Examples from the web for recriminations
  • The recriminations are likely to grow as rating agencies, slow to act at first, bow to the inevitable and revise their opinions.
  • But there are sure to be recriminations about how the day was handled.
  • The breakdown of control led to still more bitter recriminations.
  • Her predicament gives rise to recriminations, complications and a twisted back story of betrayal and disappointment.
  • The article was a foretaste of recriminations expected in the months ahead.
  • He had quit pro football, and he had no job, no ambition and no recriminations.
  • With the cuts have come protests and recriminations.
  • recriminations and looking upon the past, for anything other than lessons learned, will not move the city into the future.
  • For several hours, all three traded insults and recriminations.
  • There has not been recriminations even in this difficult period of government formation that is ongoing.
British Dictionary definitions for recriminations

recriminate

/rɪˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
(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

recrimination

/rɪˌkrɪmɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of recriminating
2.
(law) a charge made by an accused against his accuser; countercharge
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Word Origin and History for recriminations

recrimination

n.

1610s, from French récrimination, from Medieval Latin recriminationem (nominative recriminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of recriminari (see recriminate).

recriminate

v.

"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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