meaning of berate

berate meaning in General Dictionary

To speed or chide vehemently to scold

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  • censure severely or angrily
  • To speed or chide vehemently; to scold.

berate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from be- "carefully" + center English rate "to scold" (belated 14c.), from Old French reter "accuse, fault," from Latin reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED first ed.], but it seemingly have revived in Britain 20c. Associated: Berated; berating.


berate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To price or chide vehemently; to scold.