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
(uncountable) Astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
, date=April 24
, author=Phil Dawkes
, title=Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=It was a result that owed a lot to a moment of guile
from Ramires but more to a display of guts from the Brazilian and his team-mates after Terry's needless dismissal eight minutes before half-time for driving a knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez off the ball.}}
, date=November 11
, author=Rory Houston
, title=Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland
, work=RTE Sport
, passage=Estonia were struggling to get to grips with the game while Ireland were showing a composure and guile
that demonstrated their experience in play-off ties.}}
Deceptiveness, deceit, fraud, duplicity, dishonesty.
* 'The Bible - King James Version: John 1:47
- Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile !
to deceive, to beguile