index blame, castigate, censure, complain (criticize), condemn (blame), criticize (find fault with), decry, defame, denounce (condemn), deprecate, disapprove (condemn), fault, lash (attack verbally), mistreat, pillory, rebuke, remonstrate, reprehend, reprimand, reproach

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


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  • Berate — Be*rate (b[ e]*r[=a]t ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Berated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Berating}.] [See 2nd {rate}, v. t..] To rate or chide vehemently; to scold. Holland. Motley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • berate — (v.) 1540s, from be thoroughly + M.E. rate to scold (late 14c.), from O.Fr. reter accuse, blame, from L. reputare (see REPUTATION (Cf. reputation)). Obsolete except in U.S. [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • berate — rate, tongue lash, upbraid, jaw, bawl, chew out, *scold, wig, rail, revile, vituperate Analogous words: censure, denounce, condemn, reprehend, reprobate, *criticize: rebuke, reprimand, reproach, *reprove, chide …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • berate — [v] criticize hatefully bawl out*, blister, call down, castigate, censure, chew*, chew out*, chide, cuss out*, eat out*, give one hell*, give what for*, jaw*, jump all over*, rail at*, rake over the coals*, rate, rebuke, reprimand, reproach,… …   New thesaurus

  • berate — ► VERB ▪ scold or criticize angrily …   English terms dictionary

  • berate — [bē rāt′, birāt′] vt. berated, berating [ BE + RATE2] to scold or rebuke severely SYN. SCOLD …   English World dictionary

  • berate — UK [bɪˈreɪt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms berate : present tense I/you/we/they berate he/she/it berates present participle berating past tense berated past participle berated formal to talk to someone in an angry way because they have done… …   English dictionary

  • berate — verb To chide or scold vehemently; to lecture or rate. Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness. See Also: beration …   Wiktionary

  • berate — v. (D; tr.) to berate for * * * [bɪ reɪt] (D;tr.) to beratefor …   Combinatory dictionary

  • berate — be|rate [bıˈreıt] v [T + for] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: rate to berate (14 20 centuries)] formal to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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