To chide or scold vehemently.
* 1896 , , Seats Of The Mighty , ch. 13:
* 1914 , , The Gods of Mars , ch. 21:
- Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness.
* 1917 , , Jerry of the Islands , ch. 14:
- A thousand times I berated myself for being drawn into such a trap as I might have known these pits easily could be.
* 2008 , Alex Perry, "
- Lenerengo, as usual, forgot everything else in the fiercer pleasure of berating her spouse.
The Man Who Would Be (Congo's) King," Time , 27 Nov.:
* 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
- During the rally, he berates the crowd for their cowardice.
- 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
(obsolete) To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
To criticize or speak out against (someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize; to blame.
- Nero .
* 2013 May 23, (Sarah Lyall), "
- to denounce someone as a swindler, or as a coward
British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse.
- Mr. Cameron had a respite Thursday from the negative chatter swirling around him when he appeared outside 10 Downing Street to denounce the murder a day before of a British soldier on a London street.
- to denounce a confederate in crime
(obsolete) To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression; make a menace of.
- to denounce someone to the authorities
To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.
- to denounce''' war; to '''denounce punishment
* attack, charge, condemn, criticize, damn, decry, discredit, inveigh against, proscribe, report