whipping post


Definition of whipping post

: a post to which offenders are tied to be legally whipped

Examples of whipping post in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the last Delaware whipping post to be removed. Allen Kim And Sheena Jones, CNN, "Delaware removes whipping post outside courthouse," 1 July 2020 In her 90s, Hollingsworth's recollection of Delaware's relationship with the whipping post began in the 1930s. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 An 8-foot tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination. BostonGlobe.com, "Richmond removes second Confederate statue as crowd cheers," 2 July 2020 The whipping post was originally located on the grounds of the Sussex Correctional Institution south of Georgetown, according to a news release. Allen Kim And Sheena Jones, CNN, "Delaware removes whipping post outside courthouse," 1 July 2020 The last to abolish state whippings:Delaware to remove public whipping post Wednesday Follow reporter Meghan Mangrum on Twitter @memangrum. Meghan Mangrum, USA TODAY, "Tennessee high school valedictorian's racial injustice speech cut short, principal apologizes," 30 June 2020 But Blacks weren’t part of the design process, and the memorial’s central visual takeaway — a Black man with broken shackles kneeling before his white savior, with a whipping post and chains in the background — has had people cringing for years. Washington Post, "Protesters: Remove statues of slave kneeling before Lincoln," 25 June 2020 The monument is believed to be located where a slave whipping post once stood, and removing it is a small step in the right direction, Portsmouth activist and organizer Rocky Hines said. Sarah Rankin David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why the fallen statues? Floyd protests prompt global removals.," 12 June 2020 In 1898, the Virginia legislature at last voted to abolish the whipping post. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of whipping post

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Whipping post.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipping%20post. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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