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Nobody likes to work with her. She is always berating her colleagues.
  criticize severely or angrily
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  • Nobody likes to work with her. She is always berating her colleagues.
  • He berates Lourdes for leaving him with a father she knew was irresponsible.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Mother berates me about finding a husband every other day,
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • His milky eyes glared at them as he berated whoever was on the phone, in a rattling voice and waving one claw at them to go away.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • Then he relapsed into his usual silence except when he was berating Thomas for being lazy.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • A loud, berating voice.  "What’s the matter with you! ... You disgust me, you make me sick, your attitude out there on the field. You make me want to throw up.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • The odd thing was no one had even noticed the publication of the book to start with—it wasn’t actually on sale in Pakistan—but then a series of articles appeared in Urdu newspapers by a mullah close to our intelligence service, berating the book as offensive to the Prophet, PBUH, and saying it was the duty of good Muslims to protest.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • As I made my desolate way back to the stairs, my wise self took the opportunity to berate me.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Why don’t you berate and intimidate them?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • On the other side of the matrix, an angel is berating a human servant.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • She slapped Leo, then berated him in rapid Spanish.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Miri no longer expects anything from her daughter, except to be challenged, berated and humiliated.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Fezzik began berating himself.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He loved to berate me in front of his men, my dad — swaggering around like a Mafia boss, saying I owed him money for this and that, taking it out of my quote unquote ’salary.’
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He shouted for the farm workers to line up before him, then began berating them for their indolence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • When she finished berating the people she worked for, Rosa Hubermann would usually move on to her other favorite theme of abuse.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Eventually Lou Ann gave up on berating her hair and set up the ironing board in the kitchen.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • "Sorry," said Eragon, berating himself for the slip.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I berated them for gossiping like a sewing circle of old women and reminded them that without people like Mr. Wandati the likes of us would be back in our villages collecting cow dung.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Or for the two of them to come charging into the study, so that Susan could berate her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • I should have thought of that, he berated himself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Regardless of the vindictive threats of the bullets, he went about coaxing, berating, and bedamning.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • he berated himself.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Stop berating yourself.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He berated himself silently.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • And then inevitably her father would come in and berate her for disturbing a pencil or a file or-God forbid-himself.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • When the train passed he pushed himself away from the pole where he had been leaning, berated me for making all that noise and said, "Let’s go home."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • If any part of the dinner was a failure, there were fifty indisputably good reasons for it; and it was the fault undeniably of fifty other people, whom Dinah berated with unsparing zeal.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Harry looked around for Madam Hooch, but she was still berating Crabbe for his illegal Sludger attack.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He was his own sarcophagus, a bold and infallible diplomat who was always berating himself disgustedly for all the chances he had missed and kicking himself regretfully for all the errors he had made.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • she berated herself, and then amended that to: Stupid, fearful, selfish woman!
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But without warning, a long way into the woods, he began to berate her with humiliating invective and revolting remarks about her morals and sexual predilections.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "Got enough on his plate what with keepin’ them dementors outta the castle, an’ Sirius Black lurkin’ around —" Ron and Hermione looked quickly at Harry, as though expecting him to start berating Hagrid for not telling him the truth about Black.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • First, she berates Carla, who as the oldest was in charge and had orders to stick with Mundin and Fifi as their in-car chaperone.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • And here she’d always berated him for his failures in business when the greater bankruptcy had been on her part.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • He berated himself for overreacting, thinking,It can’t be that bad, but the longer he studied Roran, the more dismayed he became.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Silently, I berate myself for falling prey to such a nasty prank.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • I could have no more challenged him, berated him, hurt him than I could have kicked some three-legged dog.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Ruth hoped her mother would not continue to berate Nicky.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • I said this in a most respectful manner, but Tefu jumped in and started to berate Sobukwe.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be sick, stuff me with aspirins and sedatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up anymore, because jj when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside g out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Again and again I berated myself for choosing this time—after all these years—to visit Snow Flower.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • When he heard his mother spoken of harshly or when he overheard her berating his father, he was frightened and ran away to hide.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • All night long I berated myself.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • They united in only one thing and this was to berate the agent for his ill management of the estates, so that he who had once been oily and unctuous, a man of plenty and of ease, was now become anxious and harried and his flesh gone so that his skin hung upon him like an old garment.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • "Don’t berate the man, Woodrow," Augustus said.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The mother would scold the father for being so "easy"; Josie would roundly berate the boys for carelessness; and all knew that it was a hard thing to dig a living out of a rocky side-hill.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • And he immediately took this as a pretext to berate her.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • I thought at first that Ambiades was going to smile, but he scowled instead and didn’t speak until we stopped for the night, and then it was only to berate Sophos.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The driver was being alternately berated and consoled by Wu Song, who wanted nothing more than to be spared any further violence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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