follow Dictionary.com

Winning Words of the Scripps Spelling Bee

berate

[bih-reyt] /bɪˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), berated, berating.
1.
to scold; rebuke:
He berated them in public.
Origin of berate
1540-1550
1540-50; be- + rate2
Synonyms
abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for berate
British Dictionary definitions for berate

berate

/bɪˈreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to scold harshly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for berate
v.

1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + Middle English rate "to scold" (late 14c.), from Old French reter "accuse, blame," from Latin reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related: Berated; berating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for berate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for berate

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with berate

Nearby words for berate