The word "scold" as defined at http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/scold
to speak in an angry or critical way to (someone who has done something wrong)
- He scolded [=reprimanded] the children for making a mess.
- The article scolds [=(more formally) berates, upbraids] the United Nations for not doing enough about the situation.
- “You should never have done that,” she scolded.
Also, from the same website "criticize" is defined as
to express disapproval of (someone or something) : to talk about the problems or faults of (someone or something)
- His boss criticized him for his sloppy work habits.
- The judge was widely/roundly criticized for his verdict.
- The editor criticized the author's work as trite.
I think "scold" is used when you someone senior tells shouts angrily at you for something that is considered considered incorrect, indicating that the recipient is at fault. On the other hand "criticize" could be when anyone "finds fault" without what you have done or the way you do things. I tend to use these words in different situations.However, looking at meanings their synonyms berate, rebuke, censure, lambaste, there does not seem to be much of a difference,could those two words be considered same?
On the same note, could rebuke and censure be considered the same?