recriminate (v.) c.1600, from M.L. recriminatus, pp. of recriminari "to make charges against," from L. re- "back, again" (see RE- (Cf. re-)) + criminari "to accuse," from crimen (gen. criminis) "a charge" (see CRIME (Cf. crime)). Related: Recriminated; recriminating.

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  • Recriminate — Re*crim i*nate (r?*kr?m ?*n?t), v. i. [Pref. re + criminate: cf. F. r[ e]criminer, LL. recriminare.] To return one charge or accusation with another; to charge back fault or crime upon an accuser. [1913 Webster] It is not my business to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Recriminate — Re*crim i*nate, v. t. To accuse in return. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recriminate — I verb accuse, bring a countercharge, come back at, countercharge, get even with, give in kind, have revenge, hit back, lash back, match, pay back, requite, retaliate, retort, retort a charge, return an accusation, return the charge, shift the… …   Law dictionary

  • recriminate — [ri krim′ə nāt΄] vi. recriminated, recriminating [< ML recriminatus: see RE & CRIMINATE] to answer an accuser by accusing that person in return; reply with a countercharge recrimination n. recriminatory [ri krim′ə nə tôr΄ē] adj. recriminative …   English World dictionary

  • recriminate — intransitive verb see recrimination …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • recriminate — recrimination, n. recriminative, recriminatory /ri krim euh neuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. recriminator, n. /ri krim euh nayt /, v., recriminated, recriminating. v.i. 1. to bring a countercharge against an accuser. v.t. 2. to accuse i …   Universalium

  • recriminate — verb To accuse in return, state an accusation in return. Tom said Harry had lied, and Harry recriminated by saying Tom had manipulated him. See Also: recrimination …   Wiktionary

  • recriminate — re·crim·i·nate || rɪ krɪmɪneɪt v. make a countercharge against an accuser …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recriminate — [rɪ krɪmɪneɪt] verb make recriminations. Derivatives recriminative adjective (archaic). recriminatory adjective Origin C17: from med. L. recriminat , recriminari accuse in return , from re (expressing opposition) + criminare accuse …   English new terms dictionary

  • recriminate — v. n. Return an accusation, retort a charge …   New dictionary of synonyms

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