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[uhp-brey-ding] /ʌpˈbreɪ dɪŋ/
the act or words of a person who upbraids; severe reproof or censure:
an upbraiding from one's superiors.
severely reproachful or reproving; censorious:
upbraiding remarks.
Origin of upbraiding
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at upbraid, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
upbraidingly, adverb
self-upbraiding, noun
unupbraiding, adjective
unupbraidingly, adverb


[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.
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 upbraiding
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  • Never never had he forgotten his father's sorrowful and upbraiding look.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I was streaming with perspiration and upbraiding him for assaulting a cripple.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • I hear your upbraiding voice, 'Pooh, man, catch her up and kiss her!'

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • The bear, far from upbraiding him for driving it from its home, had pity, and no fear at all.

    The Eyes of the Woods

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Elkan received his senior partner's upbraiding with a patient smile.

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • He paused, and to assure her it was not she he was upbraiding, smiled cheerfully.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • Her eyes were averted, and she withdrew her hand quietly but gently, as not upbraiding him.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • They then left him, some upbraiding him, others shrugging their Shoulders with pity.

  • "Why, she likes the money," he said in answer to an upbraiding remark from Hanny.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for upbraiding


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 upbraiding



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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