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
Recent Examples on the Web Yet far from celebrating these attempts to do what many schools won’t, the nation’s scolds have apparently decided this a good time to upbraid and obstruct parents who dare to do more than sit and fret. Matthew Rice, National Review, "The Hard Truth about Remote Learning This Fall," 20 Aug. 2020 Indeed, the day after Pierson’s testimony, the president upbraided Coats’s successor, Joseph Maguire, for Pierson’s assessment. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 Malaparte is particularly pained by other people’s poor taste in clothes, and even has an anecdote about being dragged before Mussolini himself and upbraided for gossiping about Il Duce’s neckties. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 27 Apr. 2020 But Chisholm is also upbraided by Martindale’s Abzug, who insists that the women’s movement can’t afford to alienate male allies. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The First Great TV Series of the Year," 17 Apr. 2020 Modly resigned Tuesday, shortly after taking a 35-hour trip to the USS Theodore Roosevelt and upbraiding the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. NBC News, "Ex-acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's trip to Guam cost $243,000," 9 Apr. 2020 Liz recalls being upbraided on a panel by the other directors (all of them male) for using the drops instead of getting her actors to recall past feelings, Method-style. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 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

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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 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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