scold·​ing | \ ˈskōl-diŋ How to pronounce scolding (audio) \

Definition of scolding

1 : the action of one who scolds
2 : a harsh reproof gave the child a sharp scolding for running into the road

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His recent scolding of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a case in point. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Give Democrats a Chance to Get Serious in Their First Debates," 26 June 2019 The film resists the way that it will be read by many people, which is as a scolding parable of marginalization and decline. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 Conservatives increasingly have to be all in, heaping praise on Trump’s behavior or scolding those who criticize it. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "USS John S. McCain Episode Speaks Volumes about Trumpism," 5 June 2019 Blackstone abandoned its deal following an uproar from traders, a scolding from regulators and a lawsuit alleging market manipulation. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Hedge Fund Offers Sears $80 Million to Salvage Soured Bet," 27 Nov. 2018 Trump's tweet also drew a scolding on Monday by Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "House opens inquiry into GOP Reps. Hunter and Collins in wake of federal indictments," 6 Sep. 2018 The Tumin story seems quaint in the era of social media and smartphone videos, especially as our prurient obsessions increasingly conscript private and unprivileged individuals for national scolding. James Panero, WSJ, "Where’s the Mercy in ‘Social Justice’?," 23 Jan. 2019 To Get Ready for Everyone Asking About Your Love Life: Why Oh Why For single people, Thanksgiving can be a nightmare of prying questions and not-so-subtle scolding looks. Vogue, "15 Great Podcasts for Your Holiday Travel This Year," 20 Nov. 2018 Problem #3: Your scolding falls on deaf (albeit soft and cuddly) ears. Good Housekeeping, "4 Smart Fixes for Your Biggest Puppy Potty Training Problems," 22 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of scolding

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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