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Definition of berate:

  1. To rate or chide vehemently; to scold.

Synonyms:

frustrate, talk, chew, chit-chat, irritate, manducate, put forward, cane, vanquish, strap, invoke, cod, chat, tell off, yap away, bedevil, evoke, ride, rate, call on the carpet, chatter, beat out, rattle on, twit, conjure, gossip, tantalize, shell, devil, gravel, call forth, take to task, claver, dun, torment, claver, grouch, bait, underdress, shoot the breeze, bring up, crucify, yack away, nettle, welt, stir, chafe, scold, taunt, give hell to, annoy, rile, give it to, vex, have words, rag, study at scold, attack, tantalise, confabulate, remonstrate, masticate, criminate, confab, visit, point out, lather, bawl out, call down, chew up, conjure up, censure, chide, get at, reproof, yack, chaffer, nark, rebuke, slash, flog, lambast, crush, lambaste, whip, dress down, lecture, tease, arouse, chitchat, get to, chew out, chew the fat, raise, bother, rally, razz, natter, beat, trounce, grumble, jaw, reprimand, lash.

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