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noun pil·lo·ry \ˈpi-lə-rē, ˈpil-rē\

: a device that was used in the past for punishing someone in public and that consists of a wooden frame with holes in which the head and hands can be locked

plural pil·lo·ries

Full Definition of PILLORY

1
:  a device formerly used for publicly punishing offenders consisting of a wooden frame with holes in which the head and hands can be locked
2
:  a means for exposing one to public scorn or ridicule
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Origin of PILLORY

Middle English, from Anglo-French pilori
First Known Use: 13th century

2pillory

verb

: to publicly criticize (someone) in a very harsh way

pilloriedpillory·ing

Full Definition of PILLORY

transitive verb
1
:  to set in a pillory as punishment
2
:  to expose to public contempt, ridicule, or scorn

Examples of PILLORY

  1. The press pilloried the judge for her decision.

First Known Use of PILLORY

circa 1600
PILLORIED Defined for Kids

pillory

noun pil·lo·ry \ˈpi-lə-rē\
plural pil·lo·ries

Definition of PILLORY for Kids

:  a device once used for punishing someone in public consisting of a wooden frame with holes in which the head and hands can be locked

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