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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


PILLORY Defined for Kids

pillory

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noun pil·lo·ry \ˈpi-lə-rē\

Definition of pillory

plural pil·lo·ries

  1. :  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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