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berate Line breaks: be¦rate
Pronunciation: /bɪˈreɪt/

Definition of berate in English:


[with object]
Scold or criticize (someone) angrily: she berated herself for being fickle
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?


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

Words that rhyme with berate

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