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Monday, September 09, 2002

Definitions for recrimination

  1. The act of returning one charge or accusation with another.
  2. An accusation brought by the accused against the accuser; a counter accusation.

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Citations for recrimination
Others have written about the epidemic of partisanship and lack of character in our government's elected branches and the cycle of recrimination and disaffection it has created. Edward Lazarus, Closed Chambers
This news has broken the compulsive back-and-forth of our recriminations, I thought. Tim Parks, Destiny
Origin of recrimination
Recrimination is from Medieval Latin recriminatio, from the past participle of recriminare, from Latin re-, "back, again" + criminari, "to accuse," from crimen, "accusation, charge, crime." The related verb is recriminate.