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Sunday, November 14, 1999

Definitions for berate

  1. To scold severely or angrily.

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Citations for berate
She tells of Mr. Hauptmann's great joy when they had a baby son, and of the times she ran up the stairs to berate him for playing the mandolin after the baby was asleep and found him playing the Brahms Lullaby as the baby looked on approvingly. , New York Times
Mayer Amschel went on to berate Nathan for failing to calculate his profits net (as opposed to gross). Niall Ferguson, The House of Rothschild
Origin of berate
1540-1550
Berate is from be-, "thoroughly" + rate, "to scold, to chide," from Middle English raten.
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