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to scold or condemn vehemently and at length
yourself over canceling plans," the lifestyle expert said. "It is sometimes more important that you allow for time to take care of yourself."
"During Russell's tirade Wednesday, he didn't shout at any particular player, but his team as a whole. 'I would never single someone out and berate
them,' Russell said." — Shaun Goodwin, The Kansas City Star
, 17 June 2021
Did you know?
can both mean "to rebuke angrily or violently." This sense of rate
was first recorded in the 14th century, centuries before the familiar (and etymologically unrelated) rate
meaning "to estimate the value of." We know that berate
was probably formed by combining the prefix be-
and the older rate
, but the origins of this particular rate
itself are somewhat more obscure.