Definition of berate in English:



  • Scold or criticize (someone) angrily:

    ‘she berated herself for being fickle’
    • ‘At one point, she would be berating her colleagues and the next minute she would be laughing and smiling with them like it was business as usual.’
    • ‘I read one where the whole thing starts with him being berated for being out of shape.’
    • ‘Then the mom starts berating the kids about their behavior and saying that's why she never takes them anywhere.’
    • ‘The episode they tuned into featured a mother berating her son who has just returned home after years of fighting alongside the rebels.’
    • ‘Besides, is berating your guest as has become the custom these days the only way to get information out of someone?’
    • ‘When William falls in love, James berates him, and their relations remain needlessly strained until near the end.’
    • ‘He says she berates him in the car when he picks her up for church on Sundays.’
    • ‘He was unharmed after eight days' confinement, but he berated his wife for paying so much so soon.’
    • ‘His mother came out and berated me for raising my voice and scaring Zack.’
    • ‘She shrieks at her sons, who berate her for not supporting the father, she weeps bitterly, tries to calm them.’
    • ‘I placed my permit on the dashboard, but had not even got out of the vehicle before an elderly man in an adjacent car began berating me for parking there.’
    • ‘She berates us for publishing league tables of school achievement that are incomplete, yet will not provide the information that would make those school comparisons more compelling reading for parents.’
    • ‘Instead, he berates the man for having lied about it.’
    • ‘Why must people be berated for telling the truth just because some people don't agree with it.’
    • ‘In it, he denounces Peggy and berates his daughter for not replying to an earlier letter.’
    • ‘But in the meantime, let's stop berating men for not being perfect.’
    • ‘Protests poured in from jewellery houses and designers, berating me for ruining their business.’
    • ‘Angry trade unionists berated candidates as privatisation of the rail industry swept on to the election stage.’
    • ‘We were in a theater and she was berating me for wearing open toe sandals when it was cold out.’
    • ‘My husband already berates me for running the children to nursery in the car.’
    rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
    tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up at, pitch into, lay into, lace into, tear into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    tick off, have a go at, monster, carpet, give someone a carpeting, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, tear a strip off someone, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
    chew out, ream out, take to the woodshed
    bollock, give someone a bollocking
    chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
    call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    reprehend, objurgate
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Mid 16th century: from be- ‘thoroughly’+ rate.