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[bih-reyt] /bɪˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), berated, berating.
to scold; rebuke:
He berated them in public.
Origin of berate
First recorded in 1540-50; be- + rate2
abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate. Unabridged
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  • Going to one of them, the one who had declared his intention of joining the union, Jim began to berate him.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
  • 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
  • And the men drop in to talk over plans and berate the Governor because things are not in better shape.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Dyckman was a spent and bankrupt object, and anybody could berate him.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Is this the source of your inspiration when you berate your betters?

British Dictionary definitions for berate


(transitive) to scold harshly
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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.

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