1. [syn: castigation, earful, bawling out, chewing out, upbraiding, going-over, dressing down]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Upbraid \Up*braid"\ ([u^]p*br[=a]d"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Upbraided; p. pr. & vb. n. Upbraiding.] [OE. upbreiden;
AS. upp up + bregdan to draw, twist, weave, or the kindred
Icel. breg[eth]a to draw, brandish, braid, deviate from,
change, break off, upbraid. See Up, and Braid, v. t.]
1. 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. --Mark xvi.
Vet do not
Upbraid us our distress. --Shak.
2. To reprove severely; to rebuke; to chide.
Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of
his mighty works were done. --Matt. xi. 20
How much doth thy kindness upbraid my wickedness!
3. To treat with contempt. [Obs.] --Spenser.
4. To object or urge as a matter of reproach; to cast up; --
with to before the person. [Obs.] --Bacon.
Syn: To reproach; blame; censure; condemn.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a severe scolding [syn: castigation, earful, bawling
out, chewing out, upbraiding, going-over, dressing