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(noun) 
Definition
a horizontal bar supported by vertical posts, used as a fence or barrier
She gripped the hand rail in the lift.
Synonyms
,
railing
the iron railings of the convent grounds
,
shaft
a drive shaft
,
banister
,
handrail
,
balustrade
(noun) 
Definition
one of a pair of parallel bars that serve as a running surface for the wheels of a train
The train left the rails.
Synonyms
track
The railway track has flooded.
,
points
(noun) 
Definition
railway
He travelled by rail.
Synonyms
train
We can catch the early morning train.
,
locomotive
,
rolling stock
,
freightliner
(verb) 
Definition
to complain bitterly or loudly about
I'd cursed him and railed at him.
Synonyms
,
attack
He publicly attacked the people who've been calling for a secret ballot.
,
abuse
He alleged that he was verbally abused by other soldiers.
,
blast
They have blasted the report.
,
flame (informal)
,
put down
,
criticize
His mother had rarely criticized him or any of her children.
,
censure
I would not presume to censure him for his views.
,
scold
If he finds out, he'll scold me.
,
castigate
She castigated him for having no intellectual interests.
,
revile
What right had the crowd to revile them?
,
tear into (informal)
,
diss (slang)
,
fulminate
They all fulminated against the new curriculum.
,
inveigh
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upbraid
Eleanor upbraided him for things he'd left undone.
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lambast(e)
, ,
vociferate

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abuse
Definition
to speak insultingly or cruelly to
He alleged that he was verbally abused by other soldiers.
Synonyms
put down,
slate (informal, British),
slag (off) (slang),
swear at,
diss (slang),
flame (informal),
call names,
traduce (formal),
in the sense of attack
Definition
to criticize vehemently
He publicly attacked the people who've been calling for a secret ballot.
Synonyms
pan (informal),
knock (informal),
slam (slang),
flame (informal),
put down,
slate (informal),
have a go (at) (informal),
tear into (informal),
slag off (British, slang),
throw shade (at) (slang),
diss (slang),
find fault with,
impugn (formal),
go for the jugular,
lambast(e),
pick holes in,
bite someone's head off,
snap someone's head off,
pick to pieces
in the sense of blast
Definition
to criticize severely
They have blasted the report.
Synonyms
put down,
tear into (informal),
rail at,
flame (informal),
diss (slang),
lambast(e),
chew out (US, Canadian, informal),
throw shade (at) (slang)

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