to scold; rebuke:
He berated them in public.
Contemporary Examples

Kate Gosselin’s Top 10 Angry Moments The Daily Beast Video June 6, 2009
Speed Read Kitty Kelley’s Oprah Bio The Daily Beast April 12, 2010
Streep Tease Jace Lacob October 8, 2009
‘Dance Moms,’ ‘Toddlers & Tiaras,’ and Child Abuse Andy Dehnart January 24, 2012
John Grisham’s First Short Story: Part Two John Grisham October 25, 2009

Historical Examples

Punchinello, Vol. 1, Issue 10, Saturday, June 4, 1870 Various
In the Catskills John Burroughs
Good Indian B. M. Bower
The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck

(transitive) to scold harshly


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