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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
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  • There is one case I must observe to you in which recrimination has peculiar poignancy.

  • I beg to say, kind hearers, that this is not spoken in a spirit of recrimination.

  • She complained no more, she wept no more, she indulged no more in recrimination.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • But they did, in a whisper, for something in the way of recrimination began.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
  • But recrimination is useless, and can lead to no good result.

    Great Porter Square, v. 3 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • It was he who provided the university with food for mirth, envy, satire, recrimination.

    Rowlandson's Oxford A. Hamilton Gibbs
  • Let there be doubt and recrimination so that preparations are hindered here.

  • The interview was long and violent, it is said, and full of recrimination.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale
British Dictionary definitions for recrimination

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 recrimination
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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