verb (used with object), be·rat·ed, be·rat·ing.
Origin of berate
Examples from the Web for berated
Women are berated—and berate themselves—for dressing too sexily.
In the empty trattoria, he berated the waiter for bringing the wrong decanter and wine glasses.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine|Alice Feiring|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But while the congressmen squabbled amongst themselves and berated the witnesses, this all felt like prelude.
But then she berated the show for not having him in the first episode.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’|Andrew Romano|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I called her “Hippo Girl,” and as I berated her I felt negative attention shift from me to her.My Strange Passage From Suspected School Shooter to Prom Queen|Gina Tron|January 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He berated his bungling, fumbling, thoughtless notions and cursed himself for trying to help Penny by the "loco" means he'd used.The Lone Ranger Rides|Fran Striker
He shook his rifle in the air as he berated the fearless youth.With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga|W. Bert Foster
One who berated him for negro-stealing was adroitly induced to meet a newly arrived passenger and listen to his pathetic story.The Anti-Slavery Crusade|Jesse Macy
He came out with an old-fashioned shotgun and berated us in a manner most vehement, but did not shoot.From Bull Run to Appomattox|Luther W. Hopkins
I berated myself for having entertained any doubt and now felt anew, and with aggravation, my affection for her.The Blue Wall|Richard Washburn Child
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.