[ uhp-breyd ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to find fault with or reproach severely; censure: The military tribunal upbraided the soldier for his cowardice.

  2. (of things) to bring reproach on; serve as a reproach to.

verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to utter reproaches.

Origin of upbraid

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

synonym study For upbraid

1. See reprimand.

Other words for upbraid

Other words from upbraid

  • up·braid·er, noun
  • un·up·braid·ed, adjective

Words Nearby upbraid

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How to use upbraid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for upbraid


/ (ʌpˈbreɪd) /

  1. to reprove or reproach angrily

  2. to find fault with

Origin of upbraid

Old English upbregdan; related to Danish bebreide; see up, braid

Derived forms of upbraid

  • upbraider, noun
  • upbraiding, noun
  • upbraidingly, adverb

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