verb (used with object), berated, berating.
to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.

1540–50; be- + rate2

abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate. Unabridged
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berate (bɪˈreɪt)
(tr) to scold harshly

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + M.E. rate "to scold," from O.Fr. reter "accuse, blame," from L. reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c.
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Example sentences
She has been known to berate tabloid reporters for working for publications
  that stalk her and her daughter.
After she failed a series of sobriety tests, the report said, the actress began
  to berate the officers as she was being arrested.
Please do not berate others to propagate what you think to be the ideal society.
There is no need to kick or berate others for their abilities or lack thereof.
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