Berate vs Guile - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between berate and guile

is that berate is to chide or scold vehemently while guile is to deceive, to beguile.

As a noun guile is

(uncountable) astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.




  • To chide or scold vehemently.
  • * 1896 , , Seats Of The Mighty , ch. 13:
  • Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness.
  • * 1914 , , 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 , , 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.


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  • (uncountable) Astuteness often marked by a certain sense of cunning or artful deception.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 24 , author=Phil Dawkes , title=Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , 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.}}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 11 , author=Rory Houston , title=Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland , work=RTE Sport citation , page= , 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
  • Derived terms

    * beguile * guileful * guileless