- Find fault with (someone); scold: he was upbraided for his slovenly appearanceMore example sentences
reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure• informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap someone over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, blast, rag, keelhaulBritish • informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, wig, give someone a wigging, row, give someone a row
- 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.