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berate

 
Verb berate has 1 sense
  1. call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast - censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    --1 is one way to knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
    Sample sentence:
    Sam cannot berate Sue
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