upbraid

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verb up·braid \ˌəp-ˈbrād\

Definition of upbraid

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to criticize severely :  find fault with

  3. 2 :  to reproach severely :  scold vehemently

upbraider

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Examples of upbraid in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

UPBRAID Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of upbraid for English Language Learners

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


UPBRAID Defined for Kids

upbraid

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verb up·braid \ˌəp-ˈbrād\

Definition of upbraid for Students

upbraided

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upbraiding

  1. :  to criticize or scold severely



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