- to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.
Origin of berate
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Examples from the Web for berate
Women are berated—and berate themselves—for dressing too sexily.In Defense of Slut-O-Ween
October 29, 2014
The old-school way of hating rubes asks us to berate them into giving up their identity out of shame and disgust.From Smarm To Snark, We’re All Soldiers In The War On Obscurity
December 7, 2013
A purse can impress and intimidate, bewilder, berate, or amuse.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
I'm not saying you should be an aggressive jerk, and berate your friends for thinking negative thoughts.The Depressed Mind
January 14, 2013
Rather than berate Mitt for the sin of being rich, he said he wanted a flatter tax so everyone could pay the “Romney rate.”What If Newt Wins S.C.?
January 19, 2012
She had expected him to berate her for taking him for a spy and he had asked her to marry him.Rebecca's Promise
Frances R. Sterrett
Dyckman was a spent and bankrupt object, and anybody could berate him.We Can't Have Everything
Even now, they had come forth upon the ramparts to berate her with her sin.Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
And then, without waiting for the answer, he turned to the shepherd and began to berate him.The Five Arrows
One way to flatter some women is to berate those whom they despise or fear.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall
- (tr) to scold harshly
Word Origin and History for berate
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.