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Wordnet 3.0

VERB (1)

1. censure severely or angrily;
- Example: "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"
- Example: "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"
- Example: "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
[syn: call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]


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. t..] To rate or chide vehemently; to scold. --Holland. --Motley. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

berate v 1: censure severely or angrily; "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" [syn: call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

29 Moby Thesaurus words for "berate": abuse, bark at, bawl out, betongue, blacken, castigate, chew out, chide, excoriate, execrate, fulminate against, harangue, jaw, load with reproaches, objurgate, rag, rail, rail at, rate, rave against, revile, scold, thunder against, tongue-lash, upbraid, vilify, vituperate, yell at, yelp at