Definition for UP-BRAID'

UP-BRAID', v.t. [Sax. upgebredan, to reproach; gebrædan, to roast, to dilate or extend, to draw, as a sword; bredan, to braid; Dan. bebrejder, to upbraid.]

  1. To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach; to cast in the teeth; followed by with or for, before the thing imputed; as, to upbraid a man for his folly or his intemperance. Yet do not Upbraid us with our distress. Shak. He upbraided them with their unbelief. Matth. xvi. [The use of to and of, after upbraid, – as, to upbraid a man of his gain by iniquity, to upbraid to a man his evil practices, – has been long discontinued.]
  2. To reproach; to chide. God who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not. James i.
  3. To reprove with severity. Thcn he began to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done. Matth. xi.
  4. To bring reproach on. Addison. How much doth thy kindness upbraid my wickedness! Sidney.
  5. To treat with contempt. [Obs.] Spenser.

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