recriminatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj recriminatory countering one charge with another "recriminatory arguments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Recriminatory Having the quality of recrimination; retorting accusation; recriminating.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • recriminatory Retorting accusation; recriminating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Recriminatory recriminating or retorting accusations or charges
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. récriminatoire,

Usage

In literature:

If they enter into conversation, it is usually of an ironical or recriminatory nature.
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
It is purely recriminatory.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
The recriminatory charges of the Company's agents on the native merchants have made very little impression on your Committee.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Thus much we have thought it necessary to say upon this part of the recriminatory charge of delay.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Sir Robert Peel mournfully observed that he 'did not wish to provoke a recriminatory discussion,' and he resigned himself to his fate.
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
It was neither vindictive nor recriminatory, but cheerful and calm with an utter scorn.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
This retaliation prepares us for a whole series of recriminatory works of fiction.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, January 12, 1916" by Various
Dr. Ryerson took little part in such recriminatory warfare.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
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In news:

So early this evening negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans over raising the debt ceiling, cutting federal spending, and raising revenue, completely collapsed in a round of recriminatory press conferences (Obama.
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