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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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  • First they were berating the minister of Justice for too large a practice at the Bar.

  • The dog was alternately licking his heels and whining and berating the fox.

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • Hagar turned from berating her, and thrust out her chin at Miss Georgie.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Mullin, the contractor, very red of face and angry of eye, was berating the jeering crowd with the rough side of his tongue.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • With the license of old acquaintance, Brent went on with his berating.

    A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for berating


(transitive) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berating



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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