berate

  • 1 Berate — Be*rate (b[ e]*r[=a]t ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Berated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Berating}.] [See 2nd {rate}, v. t..] To rate or chide vehemently; to scold. Holland. Motley. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 berate — index blame, castigate, censure, complain (criticize), condemn (blame), criticize (find fault with …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 berate — (v.) 1540s, from be thoroughly + M.E. rate to scold (late 14c.), from O.Fr. reter accuse, blame, from L. reputare (see REPUTATION (Cf. reputation)). Obsolete except in U.S. [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 berate — rate, tongue lash, upbraid, jaw, bawl, chew out, *scold, wig, rail, revile, vituperate Analogous words: censure, denounce, condemn, reprehend, reprobate, *criticize: rebuke, reprimand, reproach, *reprove, chide …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 berate — [v] criticize hatefully bawl out*, blister, call down, castigate, censure, chew*, chew out*, chide, cuss out*, eat out*, give one hell*, give what for*, jaw*, jump all over*, rail at*, rake over the coals*, rate, rebuke, reprimand, reproach,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 berate — ► VERB ▪ scold or criticize angrily …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 berate — [bē rāt′, birāt′] vt. berated, berating [ BE + RATE2] to scold or rebuke severely SYN. SCOLD …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 berate — UK [bɪˈreɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms berate : present tense I/you/we/they berate he/she/it berates present participle berating past tense berated past participle berated formal to talk to someone in an angry way because they have done… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 berate — verb To chide or scold vehemently; to lecture or rate. Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness. See Also: beration …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 berate — v. (D; tr.) to berate for * * * [bɪ reɪt] (D;tr.) to beratefor …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 berate — be|rate [bıˈreıt] v [T + for] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: rate to berate (14 20 centuries)] formal to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 berate — be|rate [ bı reıt ] verb transitive FORMAL to talk to someone in an angry way because they have done something wrong: berate someone for (doing) something: Their teacher berated them for being late …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 berate — [[t]bɪre͟ɪt[/t]] berates, berating, berated VERB If you berate someone, you speak to them angrily about something they have done wrong. [FORMAL] [V n for n] Marion berated Joe for the noise he made. [Also V n] Syn: chide …

    English dictionary

  • 14 berate — v 1. scold, chide, tongue lash, rate, harangue, rant, curse, execrate, imprecate, anathematize; upbraid, objurgate, excoriate, lambaste, flay, fulminate against; castigate, chastise, berate, censure, criticize, reproach, rebuke, reprove, Inf.… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 15 berate — transitive verb Date: 1548 to scold or condemn vehemently and at length Synonyms: see scold …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 berate — /bi rayt /, v.t., berated, berating. to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public. [1540 50; BE + RATE2] Syn. abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 berate — Synonyms and related words: abuse, bark at, bawl out, betongue, blacken, castigate, chew out, chide, excoriate, execrate, fulminate against, harangue, jaw, load with reproaches, objurgate, rag, rail, rail at, rate, rave against, revile, scold,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 berate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. rebuke, scold, vilify. See disapprobation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. scold, chide, reprimand, rebuke; see scold . See Synonym Study at scold . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. scold, upbraid, rebuke …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 berate — see RATE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 berate — be·rate || bɪ reɪt v. scold, rebuke, reproach …

    English contemporary dictionary