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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.
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  • He was known for berating players for their mistakes.
  • When he started verbally berating individual kids by name, that was my cue.
  • berating someone for giving their opinion is not a constructive way to have dialogue or address issues.
British Dictionary definitions for berating

berate

/bɪˈreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berating

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.

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