V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to scold somebody vigorously and lengthily

Synonyms: scold, rebuke, reprimand, belittle, chide

Antonyms: praise, applaud, commend

Tips: The word berate is most commonly used in its past tense, berated. It can also be used as an adjective or adverb, as in: I felt berated. Berate is synonymous with rebuke. See additional analysis at rebuke.

Usage Examples:

Stockholders, angry with some with his recent decisions, berated the CEO. (rebuked)

The President openly berated Congress for their slow response on his legislation. (chided)

My boss berated me in front of my co-workers when I arrived late to a meeting. (scolded)

Rather than berating your child for his mistakes, you should praise him for his accomplishments. (reprimanding)

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