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upbraid Line breaks: up|braid
Pronunciation: /ʌpˈbreɪd/

Definition of upbraid in English:


[with object]
Find fault with (someone); scold: he was upbraided for his slovenly appearance
More example sentences
  • Above all the noise, Margaret could be heard upbraiding her husband - ‘It's your own fault, Ben, you should have picked one of mine!’
  • Elissa scolded him, calling him a coward, and upbraiding him for not showing backbone.
  • A gentleman upbraids his servant: is it true, he asks him, that you have had the audacity to spread around the idea that your master is stingy?


Late Old English upbrēdan 'allege (something) as a basis for censure', based on braid in the obsolete sense 'brandish'. The current sense dates from Middle English.

  • Late Old English upbrēdan meant ‘allege (something) as a basis for censure’, based on braid in the obsolete sense ‘brandish’ thus giving a notion of holding something up for disapproval. The current sense ‘find fault with’ is Middle English.

Words that rhyme with upbraid

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