[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. upas,
  2. upaya,
  3. upbear,
  4. upbeat,
  5. upbound,
  6. upbraiding,
  7. upbringing,
  8. upbuild,
  9. upburst,
  10. upc

Origin of upbraid

before 1000; Middle English; Old English upbrēdan to adduce as a fault. See up-, braid

Related formsup·braid·er, nounun·up·braid·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See reprimand.

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/ (ʌpˈbreɪd) /

verb (tr)

to reprove or reproach angrily
to find fault with
Derived Formsupbraider, nounupbraiding, nounupbraidingly, adverb

Word Origin for upbraid

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.

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