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.
- up·braid·er, noun
- un·up·braid·ed, adjective
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How to use upbraid in a sentence
In a bad way, by the people who worked in the restaurants who upbraided her for being the reason their dining rooms emptied out during what was supposed to be the dinner rush.Pandemic TV hero Lorraine Bracco on why ‘The Sopranos’ was a quarantine hit and that house in Sicily she bought for a buck | Jessica M. Goldstein | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
After the item appeared, Tim called her to angrily upbraid her for airing dirty laundry.
Be ashamed of upbraiding speeches before friends: and after thou hast given, upbraid not.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Animated by the subject, we talked a little too loud, and the sentinels began to upbraid us.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
Shall we upbraid women with folly, when it is only the error of this inhuman custom that hindered them being made wiser?An Essay upon Projects | Daniel Defoe
Nor upbraid thou me upon the meditated breach of vows so repeatedly made.Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) | Samuel Richardson
If you still continue to upbraid me, I shall be obliged to retaliate on you, and cry, Whig vous mme.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
British Dictionary definitions for upbraid
to reprove or reproach angrily
to find fault with
- upbraider, noun
- upbraiding, noun
- upbraidingly, adverb
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