- 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.
Origin of upbraiding
- 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 upbraiding
At the weekend, her only son, John Hancock, 36, went public, upbraiding his mother for failing to provide security for her family.Gina Rinehart, One of World’s Richest Women, Embroiled in a Family Feud
February 8, 2012
Never never had he forgotten his father's sorrowful and upbraiding look.Biographical Stories
I was streaming with perspiration and upbraiding him for assaulting a cripple.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
I hear your upbraiding voice, 'Pooh, man, catch her up and kiss her!'The King's Mirror
The bear, far from upbraiding him for driving it from its home, had pity, and no fear at all.The Eyes of the Woods
Joseph A. Altsheler
Elkan received his senior partner's upbraiding with a patient smile.Elkan Lubliner, American
- to reprove or reproach angrily
- to find fault with
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.