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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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 The non-church going hunter got his rights back as well — after a thorough scolding about staying out of trouble. Scott Maxwell,, "In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians," 11 July 2018 Prince Harry joined in on the fun and gave the toddler a mock scolding by wagging his finger at him. Erin Hill,, "This Toddler Couldn't Stop Touching Meghan Markle's Hair and Prince Harry Wasn't Having It!," 11 July 2018 The scolding laid bare the uncomfortably familiar spot that Mr. Mnuchin finds himself in: trying to be a voice of moderation and a statesman in an administration that sees diplomatic norms and protocols as signs of weakness. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "How Mnuchin Keeps a Steady Grip in a Tug of War on Trade," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of scolding

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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