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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Don't be stupid, she berated herself.
▪ He berated the White House time and again for not building support for the Bosnia operation within Congress.
▪ He berates his then-girlfriend, known only as Jackie, for taking much-needed breaks from caring for him.
▪ I seemed always to be berating myself for visiting with friends and spending a Sunday afternoon talking.
▪ Just occasionally the tensions spilled over, such as when she berated Moira publicly about the way she was feeding her first child.
▪ She took a shaky step back, mentally berating herself for continuing to react to him in this inexplicable fashion.
▪ Still, she was able to berate Patsy and Betsy for giggling.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + Middle English rate "to scold" (late 14c.), from Old French reter "accuse, blame," from Latin reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related: Berated; berating.


vb. (context transitive English) to chide or scold vehemently


v. censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

Usage examples of "berate".

If we compare this solemn folly with the happy folly with which Stevenson belauds his own books and berates his own critics, we shall not find it difficult to guess why it is that Stevenson at least found a final philosophy of some sort to live by, while Mr.

I told him about following Bossy into the basement of 3O5 and how I had heard him come down the stairs and berate the cat.

I should never have let her leave my home, the Goodwife berated herself.

Berating me for using perfectly-formed characters in my novels then flaunting that gushy, empty-headed Barbie Doll in front of me.

While your lord howled and berated a priest, a thief came in and stole my gold!

He berated himself for revealing his soul so to the humanish, but it could not be helped.

She soundly berated Lesk for keeping the lady waiting while he prated, then as soon as the girl was helped down from her mount she bustled forward.

As he buys new white shoes for his last performance in the town, he encounters a former schoolmate from Russia, a bully who once regularly attached himself to Lik and now drags him to his squalid home, plies Lik with wine he should not drink, berates him for the gap between his own misery and the cushy life he thinks Lik leads.

On the afternoon of February zo, Lincoln broke away suddenly from Stanton who was berating him, half sneeringly, for not enforcing his full authority on McClellan, broke away because a sudden prescience of tragedy touched him on the quick.

Torrie had no trouble hearing her coarse voice berate the man for his ungenerosity, greed, dishonesty, uncleanliness, and other sins.

But when I had recovered my reason, I fell upon my particular gods and berated them mightily, and as penance for their watchlessness placed them away amongst dust and cobwebs.

Hinglebottom berate whomever she spoke to, which he could only assume was her daughter.

Berating herself, she scrambled back into the stifling dusty confines of the manuka scrub.

That Miss Trammerley would have been mortified and berated me for my carelessness?

Silently he berated himself for not seizing the opportunity Slanter had presented him with the night before when he had agreed to free him from his bonds.