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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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  • Both parties are deservedly upbraided for their reticence on exactly how to cut the fiscal deficit.
  • He once upbraided a journalist for having alcohol on his breath.
  • She upbraided herself for the sentiment, but could not overcome or lessen it.
  • Enraged, he stepped across the street and upbraided the offenders with words of coarse profanity.
  • When the crash came he upbraided his generals for thinking of surrendering.
  • The neighbors state he upbraided her for her alleged unfaithfulness.
British Dictionary definitions for upbraided

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 upbraided

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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