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[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 forms
upbraider, noun
unupbraided, adjective
1. reprove, blame. See reprimand. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


verb (transitive)
to reprove or reproach angrily
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

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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