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scold

Synonyms and Antonyms of scold

to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings
  • He scolded the kids for not cleaning up the mess they had made in the kitchen.
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Phrases Synonymous with scold

lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task

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Synonym Discussion of scold

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


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