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upbraid

[uhp-breyd] /ʌpˈbreɪd/
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)
3.
Archaic. to utter reproaches.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English upbrēdan to adduce as a fault. See up-, braid
Related forms
upbraider, noun
unupbraided, adjective
Synonyms
1. reprove, blame. See reprimand.
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Examples for upbraid
  • It is our duty as citizens to upbraid those who perpetrate these offenses.
  • He couldn't chide patients for wasting his time, or upbraid them for being dishonest.
  • But these meetings can be terrifying when he uses them to cajole, upbraid, or interrogate his subordinates.
  • The editor, smiling at her beauty and her comet quality, tried to upbraid her for her play.
  • And then upbraid me in the comments here for my lack of fairness and good taste.
  • We had not the heart to upbraid him, for his distress was pitiful.
  • Her husband dis covered what was taking place, and upbraid ed her.
British Dictionary definitions for upbraid

upbraid

/ʌpˈbreɪd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to reprove or reproach angrily
2.
to find fault with
Derived Forms
upbraider, noun
upbraiding, noun
upbraidingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English upbregdan; related to Danish bebreide; see up, braid
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Word Origin and History for upbraid
v.

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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