upbraid

verb
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 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 The lyrics were forthright and relatable, analysing relationships, upbraiding male privilege and condemning the worst of rock’s chauvinist clichés. M.j., The Economist, "Twenty-five years later, Sleater-Kinney are still making vital music," 16 Aug. 2019 A day after the Fed lowered interest rates on July 31 by 0.25%—and Trump upbraided Powell for not making the cut larger—the president indulged in a tirade on Twitter, but one directed at China. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Bully, Berate, Manipulate: 3 Ways Trump is Attempting to Steer the Fed to Lower Interest Rates," 9 Aug. 2019 Warren and Sanders emerged largely unscathed, having vigorously defended their proposals while upbraiding their opponents for failing to embrace bold policy positions. Grace Segers, Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Democrats face off for night two of second primary debates — live updates," 31 July 2019 He was upbraided by manager Charlie Montoyo last weekend for a pair of sequences that were less than max effort, but Guerrero handled it with aplomb. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As Blue Jays flounder, phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr. impresses: 'None of this scares him'," 6 June 2019 In 2017, she was upbraided for touting the clothing line sold by Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Kellyanne Conway should be removed from office, federal watchdog says," 13 June 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upbraids. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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upbraid

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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)

upbraid

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

Kids Definition of upbraid

: to criticize or scold severely

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