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recriminate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v recriminate return an accusation against someone or engage in mutual accusations; charge in return
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Recriminate To accuse in return.
    • v. i Recriminate To return one charge or accusation with another; to charge back fault or crime upon an accuser. "It is not my business to recriminate, hoping sufficiently to clear myself in this matter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recriminate To return one accusation with another; retort a charge; charge an accuser with a like crime.
    • recriminate To accuse in return.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Recriminate rē-krim′in-āt to criminate or accuse in return
    • v.i Recriminate to charge an accuser with a similar crime
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. re-, + criminate,: cf. F. récriminer, LL. recriminare,

Usage

In literature:

Familiar feuds and vain recriminations Of things which cannot be undone.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
They collide with themselves and each other, and there are recriminations and reprisals.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
One half recriminated the other.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
The son of the author of the Night Thoughts was not old enough, when they were written, to recriminate, or to be a father.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Do not include the Fatherland in your recriminations!
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
This disastrous attack upon Savannah was followed by mutual recriminations between the French and American officers and soldiers.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The admiral was indignant over this cruel mockery; but he showed no violence, used no recrimination.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Yet underneath all the wild recriminations prompted by fear and hate, there is brotherhood.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
However that may be, the autumn wore away amidst recriminations and growing discontent.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
At length Lodovico, vexed by the continual recriminations of his Ghibelline followers, reluctantly gave way.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
Let us not waste our time in recrimination.
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Then you'll have your fill of explanations, expostulations, and recriminations.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
To Magdalena's violent reproaches Fongereues answered by violent recriminations.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
The game of pinocle was frequently halted for recriminations.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The hands received the news with a deep groan; then with curses and recriminations.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
He came, and we indulged in crimination and recrimination.
"Black Spirits and White" by Ralph Adams Cram
Rhoda really went to pieces for a while after that letter but, oddly enough, all recriminations soon stopped.
"Cerebrum" by Albert Teichner
Yet this was neither the time nor the place for vain recriminations; for, indeed, all seemed lost.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Under this state of affairs, it is easy to perceive that mutual suspicions and recriminations must have rapidly ensued.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
I've already wasted too much time listening to your recriminations.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
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In news:

Their fiery 11-year marriage would be characterized by plenty of spending, gambling, and epic battles, and would produce two sons and years of recriminations.
Bitter recrimination was the order of the day when the Richmond Braves ball club lit out for Gwinnett, Ga.
Recriminations fly faster than facts.
BRAVO The second part of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion proved much juicier than the first part, with tears, name-calling and recriminations.
Conservative convention marked with intrigue and recrimination.
If the Poinsettia 's primary purpose is to fill hotel rooms, as Executive Director Bruce Binkowski acknowledges, matching two teams that travel light could be a recipe for recriminations.
Prisoners Aid Closing Sparks Lawsuits, Recrimination .
The public disagreement between President Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon over Palestinian cease-fire efforts brought surprise and recriminations in Israel today.
He drew a wave of recriminations as Democrats in Athens and across the state branded him a traitor.
You can once again practice your sooth-saying gifts without fear of recrimination.
Lead-up to convention and leadership vote marked with intrigue, recrimination and references to the Messiah.
The scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus gets more twisted and disturbing with each passing day — and one can be fairly certain far more recriminations are going to surface.
Bradley Manning's defense attorney argued Tuesday that the soldier was mistreated by his former jailers at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico to protect themselves from recriminations over their high-profile prisoner.
Bradley Manning's defense attorney argued Tuesday that the soldier's former jailers at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico mistreated him to protect themselves from recriminations over their high-profile prisoner.
No end in sight to the recrimination.
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