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berate

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verb be·rate \bi-ˈrāt, bē-\

Simple Definition of berate

  • : to yell at (someone) : to criticize (someone) in a loud and angry way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of berate

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to scold or condemn vehemently and at length

Examples of berate in a sentence

  1. <there's no need to berate someone for making a mistake during the first day on the job>



Did You Know?

Berate and one sense of the verb "rate" can both mean "to scold angrily or violently." This sense of "rate" was first recorded in the 14th century, roughly a century before the now more familiar sense meaning "to estimate the value of." We know that "berate" was probably formed by combining "be" and the older sense of "rate," but the origins of "rate" itself are somewhat more obscure. We can trace the word back to the Middle English form "raten," but beyond that things get a little murky. It's possible that "rate," and by extension berate, derives from the same ancient word that led to the Swedish "rata" (meaning "to find blame, despise") and earlier the Old Norse "hrata" ("to fall, stagger"), but this is uncertain.

1548

First Known Use of berate

1548

Synonym Discussion of berate

scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly <angrily scolding the children>. upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds <upbraided her assistants for poor research>. berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding <berated continually by an overbearing boss>. rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating <railed loudly at their insolence>. revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred <an alleged killer reviled in the press>. vituperate suggests a violent reviling <was vituperated for betraying his friends>.

Rhymes with berate

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BERATE Defined for Kids

berate

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verb be·rate \bi-ˈrāt\

Definition of berate for Students

berated

berating

  1. :  to scold in a loud and angry way





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