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berate

be·rate

berate

 
 
pronunciation:
b reIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: berated, berates, berating
definition: to reproach or scold severely.
He berated his son for getting thrown off the football team.
synonyms:
baste, bawl out, chastise, chew out, lambaste, objurgate, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, roast, scold, tongue-lash, upbraid
similar words:
blackguard, castigate, censure, condemn, criticize, excoriate, flay, rate, reprove, score, take to task
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The word berate contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.