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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Biden and others, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., upbraided the tech giant for essentially profiting off a form of disinformation. Anchorage Daily News, "Lawmakers deliver bipartisan lashing to Facebook’s Zuckerberg as 2020 disinformation fears run high," 23 Oct. 2019 Biden and others, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), upbraided the tech giant for essentially profiting off a form of disinformation. Washington Post, "Facebook’s Zuckerberg to face off with Congress as 2020 disinformation fears run high," 23 Oct. 2019 Members of Congress have upbraided the tech giant for missing key warning signs of Russian interference prior to the 2016 election, then failing to acknowledge the Kremlin's activities immediately after the fact. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook takedowns show new Russian activity targeted Biden, praised Trump," 22 Oct. 2019 In that case, having Pence upbraid the Communist giant might give Trump cover to argue that no administration has been tougher on China -- while spinning away criticism of a disappointing deal. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Why is Mike Pence playing "bad cop" on China?," 25 Oct. 2019 Congressional Democrats face risk defending Omar and Tlaib and upbraiding Israel. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Spat over scrapped 'Squad' members' Israel visit is tricky politics for both sides," 17 Aug. 2019 But when the greatest threat to our country is the corruption of our constitutional system, might at least some of the GOP’s leading politicians decide that there are worse things than losing a primary, or being upbraided by Fox News? E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: A sad mystery: Why does Trump get away with everything?," 23 Sep. 2019 Early in his training, he was upbraided for failing to follow the chain of command. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture," 16 Sep. 2019 Halas and Grange were upbraided by two of their heroes, Illinois coach Robert Zuppke and athletic director George Huff. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 20, Red Grange," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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“Upbraid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upbraid. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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