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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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  • You may upbraid me, and I will sit here and make not one excuse.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • You are young now; some day your conscience may upbraid you.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • For he could not very well follow his inclination to upbraid, without seriously impairing his efficacy for reasoning with her.

    The Honour of the Clintons Archibald Marshall
  • 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
  • Therefore, he that lacketh wisdom, let him ask of me, and I will give him liberally and upbraid him not.

  • upbraid me with the loss of all of which you have bereft me.

  • If she did not upbraid herself, at any rate she denounced Miss Henderson.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • But conscience has not to upbraid me with any of these things.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Henry knew what was on his comrade's mind but he did not upbraid him for weakness of spirit.

    The Young Trailers Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Then they began to upbraid me for bringing them upon this fatal expedition.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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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