- 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.
- Archaic. to utter reproaches.
Origin of upbraid
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Examples from the Web for upbraid
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
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.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
- to reprove or reproach angrily
- to find fault with
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.