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lecture

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of lecture

  1. 1 to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings the frustrated manager lectured the waitstaff about its poor level of service Synonyms of lecture baste, bawl out, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chew out, dress down, flay, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), scold, rag, rail (at or against), rant (at), rate, ream (out), rebuke, reprimand, reproach, score, tongue-lash, upbraidWords Related to lecture admonish, chide, remonstrate (with), reprove; abuse, assail, attack, bad-mouth, blame, blast, censure, condemn, criticize, crucify, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], excoriate, fault, harangue, knock, lace (into), lash, pan, reprehend, revile, scourge, slam, vituperate; belittle, disparage, mock, put down; ridicule, scoff, scornNear Antonyms of lecture approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; extol (also extoll), laud, praise

  2. 2 to give a formal often extended talk on a subject a physician who has lectured before countless women's groups on the importance of self-examination in the early detection of breast cancer Synonyms of lecture declaim, descant, discourse, expatiate, harangue, talk, orate, speakWords Related to lecture recite, soliloquize; dissert, expound, pontificate, sermonize; mouth, spout; filibuster



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