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Syllabification: be·rate
Pronunciation: /bəˈrāt

Definition of berate in English:


[with object]
Scold or criticize (someone) angrily: his mother came out and berated me for raising my voice
More example sentences
  • She shrieks at her sons, who berate her for not supporting the father, she weeps bitterly, tries to calm them.
  • At one point, she would be berating her colleagues and the next minute she would be laughing and smiling with them like it was business as usual.
  • Besides, is berating your guest as has become the custom these days the only way to get information out of someone?
scold, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, chide, criticize, upbraid, take to task, read someone the riot act, haul over the coals;
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone what for, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone a tongue-lashing, rap over the knuckles, bawl out, come down on, tear into, blast
ream (out), chew out, zing, take to the woodshed
dated call down, rate
rare reprehend


mid 16th century: from be- 'thoroughly' + rate2.

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