upbraid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v upbraid express criticism towards "The president reproached the general for his irresponsible behavior"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Upbraid The act of reproaching; contumely. "Foul upbraid ."
    • Upbraid 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. "And upbraided them with their unbelief.""Vet do not Upbraid us our distress."
    • Upbraid To object or urge as a matter of reproach; to cast up; -- with to before the person.
    • Upbraid To reprove severely; to rebuke; to chide. "Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done.""How much doth thy kindness upbraid my wickedness!"
    • Upbraid To treat with contempt.
    • v. i Upbraid To utter upbraidings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • upbraid To reproach for some fault or offense; charge reproachfully; reproach: regularly followed by with or for (rarely of) before the thing imputed.
    • upbraid To offer as an accusation or charge against some person or thing: with to before the person or thing blamed.
    • upbraid Specifically, to reprove with severity; chide.
    • upbraid To bring reproach on; be a reproach to.
    • upbraid To make a subject of reproach or chiding.
    • upbraid Synonyms Mock, Flout, etc. See taunt.
    • upbraid To utter upbraidings or reproaches.
    • n upbraid The act of upbraiding; reproach; contumely; abuse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Upbraid up-brād′ to charge with something wrong or disgraceful: to reproach: to reprove severely
    • v.i Upbraid to utter reproaches
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. upbreiden,; AS. upp, up + bregdan, to draw, twist, weave, or the kindred Icel. bregða, to draw, brandish, braid, deviate from, change, break off, upbraid. See Up, and Braid (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

They were accordingly returning completely baffled, when Geirrida met them, and upbraided them with carelessness in searching for their enemy.
"Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian" by Various
The Ruler of Men may not upbraid me with treachery or murder of kinsmen when my soul shall depart from its body.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
In bitter remorse she upbraided herself for ever having strayed from the blessed protection of Miss Joe Hill's authority.
"Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories" by Alice Hegan Rice
He was never once known to upbraid Josephine after the condonement of her infidelities.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
I would have forced you, but it wonnot be; I beg you now, upbraid her not for me.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Christ appeared to his disciples, and upbraided them because they believed not them which said he was risen.
"Catharine" by Nehemiah Adams
She upbraided him with being in a plot to murder her child.
"Woman's Life in Colonial Days" by Carl Holliday
Shrilly he poured his upbraidings upon Agamemnon.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
I suspect a line or two to be wanting, which upbraids her for her sister's cruelty to Glo'ster.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
I did not upbraid him nor he me.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Occasionally my correspondents upbraid me for not writing like a critic.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
Upbraid not thus, O king, our feeble sex!
"Iphigenia in Tauris" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He would not upbraid a prisoner.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I stood in the entry watching him a moment, while something from within me upbraided me.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
She has upbraided me for entering your chamber when you were sick.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
She angrily upbraided Mr. Hawker, who received her reproaches in sullen silence.
"In Friendship's Guise" by Wm. Murray Graydon
He shed tears, upbraided himself for his obstinacy, and refused to be comforted.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
With what do they upbraid freedom of commerce?
"What Is Free Trade?" by Frédérick Bastiat
A Malay at Manna upbraided a countryman with the total ignorance of religion his nation laboured under.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Cajetan was mortified at the result, and was upbraided for his failure.
"Luther and the Reformation:" by Joseph A. Seiss
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In poetry:

I in the world must live;--but thou,
Thou melancholy shade!
Wilt not, if thou can'st see me now,
Condemn me, nor upbraid.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
But I dream!--The dusk, upbraiding,
Deepens without moon or star;
Darkness and my sorrow aiding,
We but fading phantoms are.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
God is benign to all that beg his aid,
To ev'ry one that asks, he freely grants,
He gives to all, and never does upbraid,
He gives abundantly, to each that wants.
"Advice To Prepare Ourselves, Before We Come To Worship God In Public" by Rees Prichard
Swift fall the blows, and men upbraid,
And friends give echo blunt and cold,
The echo of the forest to the axe.
Within her are the fires that wax
For resurrection from the mould.
"France--December 1870" by George Meredith
O CELIA! dear unhappy maid,
Forbear the weakness to upbraid
Which ought your scorn to move;
I know this beauty false and vain,
I know she triumphs in my pain,
Yet still I feel I love.
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
And hears time meek upbraiding call
As gently on his spirit fall,
As if th' Almighty Son
Were prisoner yet in this dark earth,
Nor had proclaimed His royal birth,
Nor His great power begun.
"The Conversion Of St. Paul" by John Keble

In news:

(Sept 16, 2010) Once again — see this week's "Mailbox" — my neighbor Neal Latt upbraids the Journal for ideological impurity when it comes to matters Arklish.
Mesquite ISD says 4-year-old disciplined for long hair can upbraid his locks.
How to upbraid and use the media.
The foreman made it a point to upbraid any worker who ignored safety rules.
BP CEO's Testimony Draws Upbraiding by Many on House Energy Panel.
Chief Executive Is Criticized After Upbraiding Workers by E-Mail.
NATO and European Union leaders upbraided Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Monday over the arrest of political opponents as he visited Brussels to try to bolster ties with the West.
Tellingly, Anonymous also upbraided the OSCE for training Ukrainian police to combat activist hackers .
The Chicago Bears were not happy with the hit that ended right guard Lance Louis' season, and even mild-mannered coach Lovie Smith publicly upbraided Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen for it.
She upbraids Lear for his riotous men, and for defending them.
The Vatican Should Exalt Catholic Nuns, Not Upbraid Them.
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