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1pillory

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

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