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[uhp-breyd] /ʌpˈbreɪd/
verb (used with object)
to find fault with or reproach severely; censure:
The military tribunal upbraided the soldier for his cowardice.
(of things) to bring reproach on; serve as a reproach to.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to utter reproaches.
Origin of upbraid
before 1000; Middle English; Old English upbrēdan to adduce as a fault. See up-, braid
Related forms
upbraider, noun
unupbraided, adjective
1. reprove, blame.
Synonym Study
1. See reprimand. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for upbraid
Historical Examples
  • The stranger at once began to upbraid Powell for being impolite.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • upbraid me with the loss of all of which you have bereft me.

  • But conscience has not to upbraid me with any of these things.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • At this, the Leaflanders only paused long enough to upbraid the young woman.

  • None confers a benefit so gladly, none is so slow to upbraid.

  • She did not like to upbraid or trouble any one on account of an appetite which was so noteworthy.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • He spoke almost with apology, but the leader did not upbraid him.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • You are young now; some day your conscience may upbraid you.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • Applerod, who had been the first to upbraid him, was now the first to recover his spirits.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • But why, let me ask, have you sought me here, to upbraid me for my inconstancy?

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for upbraid


verb (transitive)
to reprove or reproach angrily
to find fault with
Derived Forms
upbraider, noun
upbraiding, noun
upbraidingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English upbregdan; related to Danish bebreide; see up, braid
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Word Origin and History for upbraid

Old English upbregdan "bring forth as a ground for censure," from up "up" + bregdan "move quickly, intertwine" (see braid (v.)). Cf. Middle Swedish upbrygdha. Meaning "scold" is first attested late 13c. Related: Upbraided; upbraiding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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