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


    Susan Hale
British Dictionary definitions for recrimination


the act or an instance of recriminating
(law) a charge made by an accused against his accuser; countercharge
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Word Origin and History for recrimination

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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