from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of recriminating.
  • n. A countercharge.
  • n. Law A defense in an action for divorce in which the accused party makes a similar accusation, as of adultery or cruelty, against the plaintiff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of recriminating.
  • n. A counter or mutual accusation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of recriminating; an accusation brought by the accused against the accuser; a counter accusation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of recriminating; the meeting of an accusation by a counter-accusation: as, to indulge in mutual recriminations.
  • n. In law, an accusation, brought by an accused person against the accuser, of being in a similar guilt as charged, or derelict in a corresponding duty; a counter-accusation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mutual accusations


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