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

Examples from the Web for berating

Contemporary Examples of berating

Historical Examples of berating

  • Hagar turned from berating her, and thrust out her chin at Miss Georgie.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • She loves you as I do; she has been berating me for indifference and slackness in the cause.

    A Pessimist

    Robert Timsol

  • I saw him berating them and trying to shame them into joining their regiments.

  • One often hears one berating her own offspring, as "child of a dog."

    Our Moslem Sisters

    Annie Van Sommer

  • 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



(tr) 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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