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pillory

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noun pil·lo·ry \ˈpi-lə-rē, ˈpil-rē\

Simple Definition of pillory

  • : 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

Full Definition of pillory

plural pil·lo·ries

  1. 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. 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


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pillory

verb pil·lo·ry

Simple Definition of pillory

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

Full Definition of pillory

pilloriedpillory·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set in a pillory as punishment

  3. 2 :  to expose to public contempt, ridicule, or scorn

Examples of pillory

  1. The press pilloried the judge for her decision.



Circa 1600

First Known Use of pillory

circa 1600


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