Definition of recrimination in English:



  • An accusation in response to one from someone else.

    ‘there are no tears, no recriminations’
    [mass noun] ‘there was a period of bitter recrimination’
    • ‘Now, mutual recriminations, personal attacks on leaders and mudslinging are the order of the day.’
    • ‘A flurry of recriminations has followed the sale of a major waterside development site to a leading national housebuilder.’
    • ‘But it is crucial that the meeting is not consumed by recriminations about the past, and instead focuses on salvaging the club's future.’
    • ‘Accusations and recriminations are thrown about and the characters occasionally become overwrought.’
    • ‘But already the parties are preparing the ground for recriminations over the failure of the entire process.’
    • ‘These were times of turmoil and tragedy, of dangerous confrontations and bitter recriminations.’
    • ‘The mutual recriminations are extremely bitter, leaving wounds that will fester.’
    • ‘After being bombarded with tears and recriminations, my dad finally gives up.’
    • ‘On Tuesday night the prevailing themes - after the recriminations - were reconciliation and rehabilitation.’
    • ‘This morning's Cabinet meeting is also expected to be tense, especially after the latest round of recriminations.’
    • ‘Johnson held the squad and management together when recriminations threatened to tear it to pieces.’
    • ‘Would there be tears and recriminations; bitterness and regret?’
    • ‘It begins in desire, and ends in bitterness and contempt and mutual recriminations.’
    • ‘People are afraid of talking openly about the problems because of possible recriminations.’
    • ‘Matters aren't helped by the fact that the bitter recriminations continue to rumble on.’
    • ‘Certainly, this year's conference was a platform for bitter recriminations against the government.’
    • ‘With it came an afternoon of reminiscing and recriminations.’
    • ‘What transpires is a downward spiral of shame and recriminations culminating in Veena being shunned by her family and turned out of the house.’
    • ‘But, instead of retreating into pointless recriminations and bitter words, he sought a pragmatic way forward.’
    • ‘As the meeting progressed, it was clear the anger, the resentment and the recriminations had, temporarily at least, dissipated.’
    quarrelling, squabbling, bickering
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