recriminate

[ ri-krim-uh-neyt ]
/ rɪˈkrɪm əˌneɪt /

verb (used without object), re·crim·i·nat·ed, re·crim·i·nat·ing.

to bring a countercharge against an accuser.

verb (used with object), re·crim·i·nat·ed, re·crim·i·nat·ing.

to accuse in return.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM recriminate

re·crim·i·na·tion, nounre·crim·i·na·tive, re·crim·i·na·to·ry [ri-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /rɪˈkrɪm ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivere·crim·i·na·tor, nounun·re·crim·i·na·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recriminate

recriminate
/ (rɪˈkrɪmɪˌneɪt) /

verb

(intr) to return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations

Derived forms of recriminate

recriminative or recriminatory, adjectiverecriminator, noun

Word Origin for recriminate

C17: from Medieval Latin recrīmināre, from Latin crīminārī to accuse, from crīmen an accusation; see crime
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