berate

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Meaning(s)

angrily criticize somebody

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When you harshly reprimand somebody with words then you ‘berate’ them. This is usually done by a person in authority to somebody who has made an error. However, while a talking-to might be deserved, this formal word implies going over the top with your criticism and being unnecessarily vicious.

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Synonyms rebuke
Antonyms applaud

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  1. My boss decided to berate me for being late in front of the whole office. I was so embarrassed.

  2. When I discovered that I had been swindled, I berated myself for having been so stupid as to believe that businessman.

  3. I can’t believe that the waiter berated a customer like that! If I was his manager I would fire him immediately.

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