1. [ verb ] censure severely or angrily
Synonyms: scold chide berate lecture lambaste trounce lambast call_down bawl_out reprimand rag remonstrate chew_out jaw chew_up have_words dress_down call_on_the_carpet reproof check

"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" "check" is archaic

Related terms: criticize chastize tell_off lecture chiding
2. [ noun ] an act or expression of criticism and censure
Synonyms: reproof reprimand reprehension reproval

"he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"

Related terms: criticism reproach castigation lecture correction what_for riot_act berating chiding admonition admonish
Similar spelling:   revoke