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re·crim·i·nate

 (rĭ-krĭm′ə-nāt′)
v. re·crim·i·nat·ed, re·crim·i·nat·ing, re·crim·i·nates
v.tr.
To accuse in return.
v.intr.
To counter one accusation with another.

[Medieval Latin recrīminārī, recrīmināt- : Latin re-, re- + Latin crīmināre, to accuse (from crīmen, crīmin-, accusation, crime; see krei- in Indo-European roots).]

re·crim′i·na′tive, re·crim′i·na·to′ry (-nə-tôr′ē) adj.
re·crim′i·na′tor n.
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Adj.1.recriminative - countering one charge with another; "recriminatory arguments"
inculpative, inculpatory - causing blame to be imputed to
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