1. [syn: berating, blowing up]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Berate \Be*rate"\ (b[-e]*r[=a]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Berated; p. pr. & vb. n. Berating.] [See 2nd rate, v.
To rate or chide vehemently; to scold. --Holland. --Motley.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a severe rebuke; "he deserved the berating that the coach
gave him" [syn: berating, blowing up]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
22 Moby Thesaurus words for "berating":
abuse, assailing, assault, attack, bitter words, blackening,
contumely, diatribe, execration, hard words, invective, jawing,
jeremiad, onslaught, philippic, rating, revilement, screed, tirade,
tongue-lashing, vilification, vituperation