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- (transitive) to chide or scold vehemently
- What society tells people, that they could "do whatever they want" to dissidents, and yet berates anyone for treating them well?
- 1896, Gilbert Parker, Seats Of The Mighty, ch. 13:
- Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness.
- 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, ch. 21:
- A thousand times I berated myself for being drawn into such a trap as I might have known these pits easily could be.
- 1917, Jack London, Jerry of the Islands, ch. 14:
- Lenerengo, as usual, forgot everything else in the fiercer pleasure of berating her spouse.
- 2008, Alex Perry, "The Man Who Would Be (Congo's) King," Time, 27 Nov.:
- During the rally, he berates the crowd for their cowardice.
- 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France 
- France were supposedly a team in pieces, beaten by Tonga just a week ago and with coach Marc Lievremont publicly berating his players, but so clear-cut was their victory that much of the atmosphere had been sucked from the contest long before the end.
- See also Thesaurus:reprehend