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Definition 1: censure severely or angrily - [verb of communication]

Samples where call down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for call down in the sense of this definition

(call down is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

(... is a kind of call down ) censure severely

"She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"

(... is a kind of call down ) reprimand

"She told the misbehaving student off"

Definition 2: summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic - [verb of creation]

Samples where call down or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • raise the specter of unemployment
  • he conjured wild birds in the air
  • call down the spirits from the mountain

Synonyms for call down in the sense of this definition

(call down is a kind of ...) cause to become available for use, either literally or figuratively

"clicking on the icon calls up the program" "the author's description of the banquet called up delicious aromas" "running into an old friend summoned up memories of her childhood"

(... is a kind of call down ) wish harm upon; invoke evil upon

"The bad witch cursed the child"

(... is a kind of call down ) give a benediction to

"The dying man blessed his son"

(call down has a similar meaning as ...) evoke or provoke to appear or occur

"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

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