One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Joe meekly accepted her scolding’
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
informal telling-off, rap, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, caning, blast, row
British informal ticking off, carpeting, rollicking, wigging
British vulgar slang bollocking
praise, compliment, commendation
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