recrimination (noun) – a countercharge or retaliatory accusation
BREAKDOWN: RE- (back) + CRIM- (legal offense) + -ATE (to make or do) + -ION (state or act)
— to recriminate is to blame or accuse in return or response to being accused
This word is built on the root CRIM-, which means judgment, accusation, or legal offense.
Common CRIM- words include crime and criminal.
More esoteric CRIM- words include recriminatory.