berate [v] criticize hatefully bawl out*, blister, call down, castigate, censure, chew*, chew out*, chide, cuss out*, eat out*, give one hell*, give what for*, jaw*, jump all over*, rail at*, rake over the coals*, rate, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, revile, scold, scorch, tell off, tongue-lash, upbraid, vituperate; concept 52 —Ant. compliment, hail, praise 

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  • Berate — Be*rate (b[ e]*r[=a]t ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Berated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Berating}.] [See 2nd {rate}, v. t..] To rate or chide vehemently; to scold. Holland. Motley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • berate — index blame, castigate, censure, complain (criticize), condemn (blame), criticize (find fault with …   Law dictionary

  • berate — (v.) 1540s, from be thoroughly + M.E. rate to scold (late 14c.), from O.Fr. reter accuse, blame, from L. reputare (see REPUTATION (Cf. reputation)). Obsolete except in U.S. [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • berate — rate, tongue lash, upbraid, jaw, bawl, chew out, *scold, wig, rail, revile, vituperate Analogous words: censure, denounce, condemn, reprehend, reprobate, *criticize: rebuke, reprimand, reproach, *reprove, chide …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • berate — ► VERB ▪ scold or criticize angrily …   English terms dictionary

  • berate — [bē rāt′, birāt′] vt. berated, berating [ BE + RATE2] to scold or rebuke severely SYN. SCOLD …   English World dictionary

  • berate — UK [bɪˈreɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms berate : present tense I/you/we/they berate he/she/it berates present participle berating past tense berated past participle berated formal to talk to someone in an angry way because they have done… …   English dictionary

  • berate — verb To chide or scold vehemently; to lecture or rate. Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness. See Also: beration …   Wiktionary

  • berate — v. (D; tr.) to berate for * * * [bɪ reɪt] (D;tr.) to beratefor …   Combinatory dictionary

  • berate — be|rate [bıˈreıt] v [T + for] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: rate to berate (14 20 centuries)] formal to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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