verb (used with object), be·rat·ed, be·rat·ing.
Origin of berate
Examples from the Web for berate
Women are berated—and berate themselves—for dressing too sexily.
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|James Poulos|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A purse can impress and intimidate, bewilder, berate, or amuse.
I'm not saying you should be an aggressive jerk, and berate your friends for thinking negative thoughts.
Rather than berate Mitt for the sin of being rich, he said he wanted a flatter tax so everyone could pay the “Romney rate.”
One way to flatter some women is to berate those whom they despise or fear.Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall|Charles Major
And then, without waiting for the answer, he turned to the shepherd and began to berate him.The Five Arrows|Allan Chase
As it happened before, no sooner was the intoxication of her presence removed than he began to berate himself for his weakness.The Huntress|Hulbert Footner
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
Once in port, they began to berate the Genoese for his foolhardy scheme.
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.