• IPA: /ˌʌpˈbɹeɪd/

upbraid (upbraids, present participle upbraiding; past and past participle upbraided)

  1. (transitive) To criticize severely.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 11:20 ↗:
      Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
    • Sir Philip Sidney ,
      How much doth thy kindness upbraid my wickedness!
  2. (transitive, archaic) To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach; to cast something in the teeth of; – followed by with or for, and formerly of, before the thing imputed.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      Yet do not upbraid us our distress.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 16:14 ↗:
      Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
  3. (obsolete) To treat with contempt.
    • There also was that mighty monarch laid, Low under all, yet above all in pride; That name of native fire did foul upbraid, And would, as Ammon's son, be magnify'd.
  4. (obsolete) To object or urge as a matter of reproach; to cast up; – with to before the person.
    • 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. (UK dialectal, Northern England) To rise on the stomach; vomit; retch.
Synonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: reprovar
  • Russian: укоря́ть
Translations Noun

upbraid (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The act of reproaching; contumely.
    • Edmund Spenser
      foul upbraid
  • Russian: укори́зна

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