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[uhp-bring-ing] /ˈʌpˌbrɪŋ ɪŋ/
the care and training of young children or a particular type of such care and training:
His religious upbringing fitted him to be a missionary.
Origin of upbringing
1475-85; up- + bringing Unabridged
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  • Bad upbringing and the lack of manners is the primary cause of the rude behaviour in our society.
  • Someone who is truly straight edge has had an upbringing in an underground punk or hardcore setting.
  • Because of their meticulous upbringing, they harbor none of the microbes that normally give mice their distinctive acrid odor.
  • People who object to this are reacting to problems in their own upbringing.
  • We all act, thinking makes things right and wrong, based on our upbringing.
  • It is natural for your collective upbringing to reject the existence of independent thought.
  • And he put this down to his extraordinary upbringing.
  • So riddled are they by repressed anger and fear from their upbringing that any suggestion of looking into the mind scares them.
  • Those feelings are not unique to my hardscrabble upbringing.
  • Vampire culture is relative to their upbringing and preference.
British Dictionary definitions for upbringing


the education of a person during his formative years Also called bringing-up
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Word Origin and History for upbringing

1510s, "act of rearing a young person," from up + bringing (see bring). Mainly in Scottish till c.1870, when it became general.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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