- to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
- to accuse in return.
Origin of recriminate
Related Wordscriticize, castigate, taunt, denounce, chide, berate, blame, admonish, upbraid, censure, rebuke, reprimand, vilify, reproach, prosecute, sue, name, brand, summon, cite
Examples from the Web for recriminate
It required the exercise of some forbearance not to recriminate.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
But let us not recriminate; that matter is not in question now.Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)
Charles Paul de Kock
And then how I should like to recriminate and defend myself indignantly!Pencillings by the Way
N. Parker Willis
The lady soothed him and fell into thought, and did not recriminate.A Group of Noble Dames
To recriminate now, he said, would be as exasperating as unavailable.Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)
- (intr) to return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations
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.