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

to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.

Origin of berate

First recorded in 1540–50; be- + rate2

Synonyms for berate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of berated

Historical Examples of berated

  • 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



(tr) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berated



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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