berate

[ bih-reyt ]
/ bɪˈreɪt /

verb (used with object), be·rat·ed, be·rat·ing.

to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.

Nearby words

  1. berakah,
  2. berakhah,
  3. berar,
  4. berascal,
  5. berat,
  6. berber,
  7. berbera,
  8. berbere,
  9. berberidaceous,
  10. berberine

Origin of berate

First recorded in 1540–50; be- + rate2

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British Dictionary definitions for berated

berate

/ (bɪˈreɪt) /

verb

(tr) 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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