[ri-krim-uh-ney-shuh n]
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  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 formsself-re·crim·i·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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

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

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