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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.
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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  • 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


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 upbraided



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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