upbraid
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(pronounced up-BRAYD)

Even though this word seems like it could be a combination of words up-do and braid, you won’t be using this word at the hair salon anytime soon – at least we hope not. If you do, then you need to find a new hairdresser because this verb means to severely scold or strongly criticize.

Example sentence: Even though she was a great designer, Patti did not make a good manager. Instead of calmly confronting her team members with constructive criticism, she tended to upbraid them in a manner which made them want to perform even less.