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recriminate

[ ri-krim-uh-neyt ]
/ r瑟藞kr瑟m 蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used without object), re路crim路i路nat路ed, re路crim路i路nat路ing.
to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
verb (used with object), re路crim路i路nat路ed, re路crim路i路nat路ing.
to accuse in return.
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Origin of recriminate

1595鈥1605; <Medieval Latin recr墨min膩tus (past participle of recr墨min膩r墨 to accuse in turn), equivalent to re-re- + cr墨min-, stem of cr墨men accusation, blame (see crime) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM recriminate

re路crim路i路na路tion, nounre路crim路i路na路tive, re路crim路i路na路to路ry [ri-krim-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /r瑟藞kr瑟m 蓹 n蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjectivere路crim路i路na路tor, nounun路re路crim路i路na路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recriminate

recriminate
/ (r瑟藞kr瑟m瑟藢ne瑟t) /

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 recr墨min膩re, from Latin cr墨min膩r墨 to accuse, from cr墨men an accusation; see crime
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