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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.


chastise, chide, berate, admonish, castigate, reprimand, reproach, ream, criticize, chasten, censure, blame, lecture

Nearby words

upaya, upbear, upbeat, upbound, upbraid, upbraiding, upbringing, upbuild, upburst, upc, upcard

Origin of upbraiding

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at upbraid, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsup·braid·ing·ly, adverbself-up·braid·ing, nounun·up·braid·ing, adjectiveun·up·braid·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for upbraiding (2 of 2)


[ 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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for upbraiding


/ (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 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.

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