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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Definitions for upbraid

  1. To scold or criticize harshly.

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Citations for upbraid
Afterwards, Grace roundly upbraided the boy for his boorishness. Paul L. Mariani, The Broken Tower
That single incident is the only time I can remember my father upbraiding me for my dismal performance as a midshipman. John McCain with Mark Salter, Faith of My Fathers
Origin of upbraid
Upbraid is from Middle English upbreiden, from Old English upbregdan, "to twist up, hence to reproach," from up-, "up" + bregdan, "to move back and forth; to weave."