Recriminate meaning

rĭ-krĭm'ə-nāt'
To accuse in return.
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To counter one accusation with another.
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To answer an accuser by accusing that person in return; reply with a countercharge.
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(intransitive) To accuse in return, state an accusation in return.

Tom said Harry had lied, and Harry recriminated by saying Tom had manipulated him.

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Origin of recriminate

  • Medieval Latin recrīminārī recrīmināt- Latin re- re- Latin crīmināre to accuse (from crīmen crīmin- accusation, crime krei- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin recriminatum, past participle of recriminare.
    From Wiktionary