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There was a flurry of finger-pointing and recriminations.
  mutual accusations (criticizing and blaming each other)
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recriminations recrimination recriminate
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb recriminate to a noun.
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  • There was a flurry of finger-pointing and recriminations.
  • Besides, he might come and begin a string of abuse or complainings; I’m certain I should recriminate, and God knows where we should end!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • If somebody’d of come in and took a look, men watching a blank TV, a fifty-year-old woman hollering and squealing at the back of their heads about discipline and order and recriminations, they’d of thought the whole bunch was crazy as loons.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The question wasn’t recriminatory.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • I’m waiting for her tirade, her recriminations, all the things I have coming.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I had expected an explosion of recrimination and rejection and instead got a big hug.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • But every now and then Nathan would disappear and we were left alone, sitting beside each other, the short distance between us jangling with unspoken recriminations.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • His recriminations were terrible to hear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • No good result can come from recrimination.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Surely, Peter, you don’t want me to start some sort of recriminations?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Even as the waves of shock and recrimination roll over the Capitol, the people there will be waiting, as I am now, to hear about the president.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • What avails recrimination over matters wholly past recall?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Some way along the road he began a muttered monologue, protests and recriminations.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Mutual recrimination passed between them: they parted in anger, and were never reconciled.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He seethed with self-recrimination as he hastened back as rapidly as he could stride along the splintered, irregularly spaced railroad ties.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She had expected to discover his anger, to provoke the bitterness, the recriminations.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There would be no recriminations.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Nana always gave a slow, burdened smile here, one of lingering recrimination or reluctant forgiveness, Mariam could never tell It did not occur to young Mariam to ponder the unfairness of apologizing for the manner of her own birth.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • No recriminations lay hidden under the plain statement, nor was there boasting when he said, "If I’m living a little better now, it’s because I treats everybody right."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It was the first scene of open anger between the couple in their sad seven years together, and Ethan felt as if he had lost an irretrievable advantage in descending to the level of recrimination.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The case provoked rounds of self-recrimination.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • There were hysterical scenes with her mother, recriminations, screams and slamming of doors.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • What kind of person did that make him? A knock on the door drew him out of his self-recriminations; he got to his feet and went to answer it, expecting Isabelle to be there, wanting to either borrow something or complain about something.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He had feared some terrible scene of jealousy or recrimination.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I could make little sense of it, except that the arguments were long and full of recriminations on both sides; but the traditional roles were reversed.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in spite of the violent recriminations of Ursula, refused to commute the sentence.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Look, we don’t have time for self-recriminations.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • But this is no time for recrimination.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • If I do not err, that will provoke a flood of recrimination.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He didn’t wait for recriminations, but got up quickly.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • He was determined to put the case baldly, without vain recrimination or excuse.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She mingled her story with recriminations against Lheureux, to which the notary replied from time to time with some insignificant word.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Then they began to have a few irascible words when it waxed hotter, both, needless to say, appealing to the listeners who followed the passage of arms with interest so long as they didn’t indulge in recriminations and come to blows.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • 37 MILADY’S SECRET D’Artagnan left the hotel instead of going up at once to Kitty’s chamber, as she endeavored to persuade him to do—and that for two reasons: the first, because by this means he should escape reproaches, recriminations, and prayers; the second, because he was not sorry to have an opportunity of reading his own thoughts and endeavoring, if possible, to fathom those of this woman.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There had been recriminations of uselessness as we rode.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • I had not raked up a single recrimination.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • What was this but recrimination?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • What he gives in brains he takes away with phoney recriminations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The government responsible collapsed completely in mutual recrimination a few weeks later.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Sometimes when he called her, fresh off the plane from Haiti, after a week or a month away, she’d picture herself his wife, uttering bitter recriminations.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Very early in the morning she had ordered the car to take her to the nearby seminary burial ground, which in those days was called La Manga Cemetery, and as she stood in front of his crypt, she made peace with her dead husband in a monologue in which she freely recounted all the just recriminations she had choked back.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Twenty minutes ago their trap fell apart; there’s got to be confusion, recriminations, accusations of incompetency, or worse.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • A mile down the hill, on the edge of the pine-forest, two half-frozen men—one powerfully sick at intervals—were varying mutual recriminations with the most poignant abuse of the Babu, who seemed distraught with terror.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • But this led to a long recrimination upon a great many sore subjects, charges, and counter-charges.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Standing there observing him, she suffered a bout of self-recrimination: It was her fault that he had come back to Prague from Zurich, her fault that he had left Prague, and even here she could not leave him in peace, torturing him with her secret suspicions while Karenin lay dying.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • What do these recriminations prove, Ana?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • An added session of tears and recriminations with Mavis had sapped her energy.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • And after that time had passed, I returned to my cycle of recriminations.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • I ask that we stop refighting the battles and the recriminations of the past.
    Gerald R. Ford  --  A War That is Finished
  • I am not reciting these facts for the purpose of recrimination.
    Winston Churchill  --  Their Finest Hour
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