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scold

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of scold

  1. 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 Synonyms of scold baste, bawl out, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chew out, dress down, flay, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rant (at), rate, ream (out), rebuke, reprimand, reproach, score, tongue-lash, upbraid Words Related to scold 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, scorn Phrases lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task Near Antonyms of scold approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; extol (also extoll), laud, praise

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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