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[bih-reyt] /bɪˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), berated, berating.
to scold; rebuke:
He berated them in public.
Origin of berate
1540-50; be- + rate2
abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate. Unabridged
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  • She has been known to berate tabloid reporters for working for publications that stalk her and her daughter.
  • Slang To berate; scold.
  • 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.
  • It's tempting to berate the medical establishment for its stumbling about in uncertainty about medical workforce needs.
  • I'd really like to berate the specific idiots, but I fear increasing my blood pressure too much.
  • Officials now regularly berate insurers, a sure-fire way to win populist points.
  • He used his stage time to berate the twins about household matters.
  • When the people berate them for ignoring tradition, they respond by brandishing a virulent and intolerant nationalism.
British Dictionary definitions for berate


(transitive) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berate

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.

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