AskDefine | Define berate

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berate v : censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

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  1. To rate or chide vehemently; to scold or lecture.
    His mother berated him for dropping her favorite plant.

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chide vehemently

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abuse, bark at, bawl out, betongue, blacken, castigate, chew out, chide, excoriate, execrate, fulminate against, harangue, jaw, load with reproaches, objurgate, rag, rail, rail at, rate, rave against, revile, scold, thunder against, tongue-lash, upbraid, vilify, vituperate, yell at, yelp at
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