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upbraid

verb up·braid \ˌəp-ˈbrād\

: to speak in an angry or critical way to (someone who has done something wrong)

Full Definition of UPBRAID

transitive verb
1
:  to criticize severely :  find fault with
2
:  to reproach severely :  scold vehemently
up·braid·er noun
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Examples of UPBRAID

  1. <his wife upbraided him for his irresponsible handling of the family finances>

Origin of UPBRAID

Middle English upbreyden, from Old English ūpbregdan, probably from ūp up + bregdan to snatch, move suddenly — more at braid
First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of UPBRAID

scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly <angrily scolding the children>. upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds <upbraided her assistants for poor research>. berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding <berated continually by an overbearing boss>. rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating <railed loudly at their insolence>. revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred <an alleged killer reviled in the press>. vituperate suggests a violent reviling <was vituperated for betraying his friends>.
UPBRAIDING Defined for Kids

upbraid

verb up·braid \ˌəp-ˈbrād\
up·braid·edup·braid·ing

Definition of UPBRAID for Kids

:  to criticize or scold severely

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