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BERATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does berate mean? 

BERATE (verb)
  The verb BERATE has 1 sense:

1. censure severely or angrily

  Familiarity information: BERATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BERATE (verb)


Sense 1berate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Censure severely or angrily

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

bawl out; reproof; scold; have words; dress down; chide; chew up; chew out; call on the carpet; take to task; berate; rebuke; reprimand; lecture; lambaste; lambast; call down; remonstrate; trounce; jaw; rag

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "berate" is one way to...):

criticise; criticize; knock; pick apart (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "berate"):

castigate; chasten; chastise; correct; objurgate (censure severely)

brush down; tell off (reprimand)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot berate Sue


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