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berate

[bih-reyt] /bɪˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), berated, berating.
1.
to scold; rebuke:
He berated them in public.
Origin of berate
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; be- + rate2
Synonyms
abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate.
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  • Catching the child, he berated it and boxed its ears soundly.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • The rest of the reviews, as far as I could see, pitied and berated us pompously.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • The National Guards, imagining that Petion was to be berated, let him out.

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • Smith was berated generally for failing to complete his attack of June 15th.

  • But how could the Church get souls were it not for this same fornication, despised and berated?

    Painted Veils James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for berated

berate

/bɪˈreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berated

berate

v.

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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