v. re·crim·i·nat·ed, re·crim·i·nat·ing, re·crim·i·nates
To accuse in return.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
re·crimi·na′tive, re·crimi·na·to′ry (-nə-tôr′ē) adj.
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