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upbraid

[uhp-breyd] /ʌpˈbreɪd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to find fault with or reproach severely; censure:
The military tribunal upbraided the soldier for his cowardice.
2.
(of things) to bring reproach on; serve as a reproach to.
verb (used without object)
3.
Archaic. to utter reproaches.
Origin of upbraid
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English upbrēdan to adduce as a fault. See up-, braid
Related forms
upbraider, noun
unupbraided, adjective
Synonyms
1. reprove, blame.
Synonym Study
1. See reprimand.
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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

upbraid

/ʌpˈbreɪd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to reprove or reproach angrily
2.
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
v.

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.

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