upbraid

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English upbreiden, from Old English ūpbreġdan, equivalent to up- +‎ braid. Compare English umbraid (to upbraid), Icelandic bregða (to draw, brandish, braid, deviate from, change, break off, upbraid). See up, and braid (transitive).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌʌpˈbɹeɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪd

Verb[edit]

upbraid (third-person singular simple present upbraids, present participle upbraiding, simple past and past participle upbraided)

  1. (transitive) To criticize severely.
  2. (transitive, archaic, followed by with or for, and formerly of before the object) To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach
  3. (obsolete) To treat with contempt.
  4. (obsolete, followed by "to" before the object) To object or urge as a matter of reproach
    Synonym: cast up
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Envy
      Those that have been bred together, are more apt to envy their equals when raised: for it doth upbraid unto them their own fortunes, and pointeth at them.
  5. (archaic, intransitive) To utter upbraidings.
  6. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, archaic) To vomit; retch.

Synonyms[edit]

(criticise): : exprobrate, blame, censure, condemn, reproach

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Noun[edit]

upbraid (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The act of reproaching; scorn; disdain.

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