- Upbraid is defined as to condemn or criticize severely.
An example of upbraid is to scream and curse at someone for an error he made.
Origin: Middle English upbreiden from Old English upbregdan from up-, up- plush bregdan, to pull: see braid
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transitive verb up·braid·ed, up·braid·ing, up·braids
Origin: Middle English upbreiden, from Old English ūpbrēdan, to bring forward as a ground for censure : ūp-, up- + bregdan, to turn, lay hold of.
- up·braidˈer noun
- up·braidˈing·ly adverb