intransitive verb[no object] archaic
Make counteraccusations.‘his party would never recriminate, never return evil for evil’
take revenge on, exact revenge on, wreak revenge on, get one's revenge on, avenge oneself on, take vengeance on, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, get, pay back, pay out, retaliate against, retaliate on, take reprisals against, exact retribution on, let someone see how it feels, give someone their just deserts, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine, give as good as one gets
- ‘The other excluded team in Group A, Celtic, also has reason to recriminate.’
Early 17th century from medieval Latin recriminat- ‘accused in return’, from the verb recriminari, from re- (expressing opposition) + criminare ‘accuse’ (from crimen ‘crime’).
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