Definition of

Berate

  1. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Berate

Hyponyms: brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off

Hypernyms: criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

Origin of the word Berate

  1. 1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + M.E. rate "to scold," from O.Fr. reter "accuse, blame," from L. reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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