up·​braid | \ ˌəp-ˈbrād How to pronounce upbraid (audio) \
upbraided; upbraiding; upbraids

Definition of upbraid

transitive verb

1 : to criticize severely : find fault with
2 : to reproach severely : scold vehemently

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upbraider noun

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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

Examples of upbraid in a Sentence

his wife upbraided him for his irresponsible handling of the family finances

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The president upbraided his generals and advisers at a National Security Council meeting in July 2017, complaining that the U.S. was losing the war, according to the author. Craig Nelson, WSJ, "Mattis Makes Surprise Stop in Kabul for Talks With New U.S. Commander, Afghan Officials," 7 Sep. 2018 Another apparent contradiction is that three sources maintained Green never met with the team outside their regular daily hitters meeting and never upbraided them. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Eric Hosmer shocked by supposed rift with Andy Green, hint of Padres discord," 9 May 2018 In fact, in a statement mildly upbraiding the Ukrainian government, the German ambassador to Kiev both criticized the Hungarians for overreacting and failed to mention Russian speakers. Graeme Robertson, Washington Post, "Ukrainians are protesting corruption — and using a new approach. Here's how it works.," 7 Mar. 2018 Last year, she was upbraided by a top federal ethics official for touting the clothing line sold by Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. Washington Post, "White House adviser Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, federal investigator says," 6 Mar. 2018 Yet the Trump administration has repeatedly upbraided the organization as slow and incapable of resolving problems, like China's mercantilist behavior. Don Lee, latimes.com, "How Trump's tariffs on metals could blow apart the international trade order," 17 Mar. 2018 He is upbraided for this by Athos, who places chivalry above all else. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Alexandre Dumas’s Brotherly Love," 16 Mar. 2018 After the Parkland shooting, businesses affiliated with the NRA came under pressure as never before, with protesters using Twitter and Facebook to threaten boycotts and students at the school upbraiding politicians for taking its money. Ivan Levingston, chicagotribune.com, "These 3,100 businesses love the NRA even as others pull back," 12 Mar. 2018 Klages’s response then, Lemke recalled, was to upbraid her and warn her against spreading false information. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "For Nassar Accusers From Michigan State Teams, Feelings of a Trust Betrayed," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of upbraid

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for upbraid

Middle English upbreyden, from Old English ūpbregdan, probably from ūp up + bregdan to snatch, move suddenly — more at braid

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English Language Learners Definition of upbraid

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


up·​braid | \ ˌəp-ˈbrād How to pronounce upbraid (audio) \
upbraided; upbraiding

Kids Definition of upbraid

: to criticize or scold severely

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