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To speak to in disapproval; rebuke
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  1. To speak to in disapproval; rebuke
  2. To express disapproval of (something done or said); censure
  3. To express disapproval to (someone); criticize:
To rebuke severely or bitterly; censure sharply
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  1. To rebuke severely or bitterly; censure sharply
  2. To reprove sharply; reproach.
To caution against specific faults; warn
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  1. To caution against specific faults; warn
  2. To inform or remind, by way of a warning
  3. To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous):
To express disapproval.
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  1. To express disapproval.
  2. To scold mildly so as to correct or improve; reprimand:
  3. To scold; now, usually, to reprove mildly
To scold or rebuke severely
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  1. To scold or rebuke severely
  2. To rebuke or scold angrily and at length.
To punish in order to correct or make better; chastise
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  1. To punish in order to correct or make better; chastise
  2. To rid of excess; refine or purify:
  3. To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.
To spread false or damaging accusations or insinuations against (someone).
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  1. To spread false or damaging accusations or insinuations against (someone).
  2. To sprinkle, especially with holy water.
  3. To spread false or damaging charges against; slander
(Obsolete) To check or repress.
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  1. (Obsolete) To check or repress.
  2. To blame or scold in a sharp way; reprimand
  3. To express sharp criticism regarding (an act, for example):
To express strong disapproval of
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  1. To express strong disapproval of
  2. To express strong disapproval of or criticize severely, especially in an official capacity:
To rebuke severely or formally
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  1. To rebuke severely or formally
  2. To reprove (someone) severely, especially in a formal or official way.
To make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.
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  1. To make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.
  2. To drive or incite (a person) by taunting:
  3. To drive or provoke (a person) by taunting
To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
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  1. To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
  2. To argue or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections.
  3. To object when there is little reason to do so; resort to trivial faultfinding; carp; quibble (at or about)
To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate:
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  1. To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate:
  2. To evaluate (something), and judge its merits and faults
  3. To find fault (with something)
To accuse publicly; inform against
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  1. To accuse publicly; inform against
  2. (Obs.) To announce, esp. in a menacing way
  3. To give formal notice of the ending of (a treaty, armistice, etc.)
To reduce in esteem or rank.
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  1. To reduce in esteem or rank.
  2. To speak slightingly of; show disrespect for; belittle
  3. To dishonor by a comparison with what is inferior; to lower in rank or estimation by actions or words; to speak slightingly of; to depreciate; to undervalue.
To accuse in return.
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  1. To accuse in return.
  2. To counter one accusation with another.
  3. To answer an accuser by accusing that person in return; reply with a countercharge
To fix or determine the rates for
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  1. To fix or determine the rates for
  2. To set a rate for (goods to be shipped).
  3. (--- U.S. Navy) To assign a rate to
To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
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  1. To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
  2. To use abusive or contemptuous language in speaking to or about; call bad names
1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.2:
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  1. 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.2:
  2. To speak bitterly or reproachfully; complain violently
  3. To supply or enclose with rails or a rail.
(Obsolete) To deceive or trick.
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  1. (Obsolete) To deceive or trick.
  2. To assail with insulting or hurtful words; revile.
  3. To use improperly or excessively; misuse:
To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
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  1. To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
  2. To speak abusively to or about; berate; revile
  3. To use harshly critical or irate language; rail.
(Theol.) To damn
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  1. (Theol.) To damn
  2. To reject
  3. To abandon to eternal damnation. Used of God.
To use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame
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  1. To use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame
  2. To attack the reputation of (a person or thing) with strong or abusive criticism.
To annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
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  1. To annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
  2. To cause continual discomfort, pain, etc.
  3. To scold, complain, or find fault constantly:
To deliver a lecture to (a class or audience).
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  1. To deliver a lecture to (a class or audience).
  2. To give a lecture or lectures
  3. To admonish or reprove earnestly, often at length:
To advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with:
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  1. To advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with:
  2. To speak in public on religious matters; give a sermon
  3. To give religious or moral instruction, especially in a tedious manner.
To count (members of a sequence), to enumerate.
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  1. To count (members of a sequence), to enumerate.
  2. To rebuke, to reprimand, or to admonish, often in a harsh, direct way.
(Idiomatic, US) To lecture, scold, reprimand, or rebuke.
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(Idiomatic) To have a serious argument accompanied with shouting.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To have a serious argument accompanied with shouting.
  2. (Idiomatic) To deliver a loud, hard scolding or lecture; to reprimand.
To move into action in pursuit of something.
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  1. To move into action in pursuit of something.
  1. To promulgate law.
  2. (Idiomatic) To authoritatively or dogmatically assert what is permitted or not permitted.
  3. (Law, dated) To present the law that applies to a given case.
To pay a short visit:
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  1. To pay a short visit:
  2. To declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee:
  3. To demand payment of:
To remind (someone) of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.
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  1. To remind (someone) of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.
  2. To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous):
  3. To caution against specific faults; warn
To punish or rebuke severely.
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  1. To punish or rebuke severely.
  2. To punish or rebuke severely, esp. by harsh public criticism
To scold or condemn sharply
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  1. To scold or condemn sharply
  2. To punish, as for wrongdoing.
  3. To punish, esp. by beating
To express disapproval.
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  1. To express disapproval.
  2. To scold mildly so as to correct or improve; reprimand:
  3. To scold; now, usually, to reprove mildly
To perform rap music.
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  1. To perform rap music.
  2. To perform rap or a rap
  3. To utter sharply:
(Obs.) To force back
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  1. (Obs.) To force back
  2. (Obsolete) To check or repress.
  3. To express sharp criticism regarding (an act, for example):
To rebuke severely or formally
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  1. To rebuke severely or formally
  2. To reprove (someone) severely, especially in a formal or official way.
To accuse of and blame for a fault so as to make feel ashamed; rebuke; reprove
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  1. To accuse of and blame for a fault so as to make feel ashamed; rebuke; reprove
  2. To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone).
  3. (Rare) To bring shame and disgrace upon; be a cause of discredit to
To speak to in disapproval; rebuke
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  1. To speak to in disapproval; rebuke
  2. To express disapproval of (something done or said); censure
  3. To express disapproval to (someone); criticize:
To place a tax on (income, property, or goods).
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  1. To place a tax on (income, property, or goods).
  2. To require to pay a percentage of income, property value, etc. for the support of a government
  3. To assess a tax on (income, property, purchases, etc.)
To rebuke severely or bitterly; censure sharply
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  1. To rebuke severely or bitterly; censure sharply
  2. To reprove sharply; reproach.
(Idiomatic) To deliver a loud, hard scolding or lecture; to reprimand.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To deliver a loud, hard scolding or lecture; to reprimand.
  2. (Idiomatic) To have a serious argument accompanied with shouting.
To scold sharply; berate:
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  1. To scold sharply; berate:
  2. To scold, reprimand or criticize harshly.
  3. (Dated) To give a thrashing to; to beat severely.
(Idiomatic, US) To lecture, scold, reprimand, or rebuke.
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A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive.
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  1. A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive.
  2. A woman who sells fish.
Violent anger; wild rage
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  1. Violent anger; wild rage
  2. Violent anger; rage.
  3. Violent or frenzied action:
(Greek Mythology) One of several loathsome, voracious monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird.
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  1. (Greek Mythology) One of several loathsome, voracious monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird.
  2. (Gr. Myth.) Any of several hideous, filthy, rapacious winged monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, legs, and talons of a bird
  3. A shrewish woman.
An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.
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  1. An ill-tempered, nagging woman: a scold.
  2. A scolding, bad-tempered woman
  3. Any of various small, chiefly insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, resembling a mouse but having a long pointed snout and small eyes and ears.
A woman regarded as quarrelsome or scolding; a shrew.
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  1. A woman regarded as quarrelsome or scolding; a shrew.
  2. (Person, proper) An imaginary deity believed by medieval Christians to be worshiped by Muslims and represented in morality plays as a boisterous, overbearing figure
  3. A boisterous, quarrelsome, scolding woman; shrew
A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering.
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  1. A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering.
  2. (Archaic) A strong, manlike woman; amazon
  3. A quarrelsome, shrewish woman; scold
A female fox
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  1. A female fox
  2. A woman regarded as quarrelsome or ill-tempered.
  3. An ill-tempered, shrewish, or malicious woman
A heavy broad-headed ax formerly used as a weapon.
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  1. A heavy broad-headed ax formerly used as a weapon.
  2. A heavy ax with a wide blade, formerly used as a weapon of war
  3. (Slang) A woman who is harsh, domineering, etc.

Synonym Study

  • Vituperate suggests even greater violence in the attack vituperating each other with foul epithets
  • Revile implies the use of highly abusive and contemptuous language and often connotes deliberate defamation or slander he reviled his opponent unmercifully
  • Berate suggests continuous, heated, even violent reproach, often connoting excessive abuse the old shrew continued berating them
  • Upbraid implies bitter reproach or censure and usually connotes justification for this she upbraided me for my carelessness
  • Scold is the common term meaning to find fault with or to rebuke in angry, irritated, often nagging language a mother scolds a naughty child
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