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pil·lo·ry

 (pĭl′ə-rē)
n. pl. pil·lo·ries
A wooden framework on a post, with holes for the head and hands, in which offenders were formerly locked to be exposed to public scorn as punishment.
tr.v. pil·lo·ried, pil·lo·ry·ing, pil·lo·ries
1. To expose to ridicule and abuse.
2. To put in a pillory as punishment.

[Middle English, from Old French pilori, probably from Latin pīla, pillar.]

pillory

(ˈpɪlərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Historical Terms) a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule
2. exposure to public scorn or abuse
vb (tr) , -ries, -rying or -ried
3. to expose to public scorn or ridicule
4. (Historical Terms) to punish by putting in a pillory
[C13: from Anglo-Latin pillorium, from Old French pilori, of uncertain origin; related to Provençal espillori]

pil•lo•ry

(ˈpɪl ə ri)

n., pl. -ries, n.
1. a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.
v.t.
2. to set in the pillory.
3. to expose to public derision or abuse.
[1225–75; Middle English pyllory < Old French pilori, perhaps < Medieval Latin pīlōrium= Latin pīl(a) pillar (see pile1) + -ōrium -ory2]

pillory


Past participle: pilloried
Gerund: pillorying

Imperative
pillory
pillory
Present
I pillory
you pillory
he/she/it pillories
we pillory
you pillory
they pillory
Preterite
I pilloried
you pilloried
he/she/it pilloried
we pilloried
you pilloried
they pilloried
Present Continuous
I am pillorying
you are pillorying
he/she/it is pillorying
we are pillorying
you are pillorying
they are pillorying
Present Perfect
I have pilloried
you have pilloried
he/she/it has pilloried
we have pilloried
you have pilloried
they have pilloried
Past Continuous
I was pillorying
you were pillorying
he/she/it was pillorying
we were pillorying
you were pillorying
they were pillorying
Past Perfect
I had pilloried
you had pilloried
he/she/it had pilloried
we had pilloried
you had pilloried
they had pilloried
Future
I will pillory
you will pillory
he/she/it will pillory
we will pillory
you will pillory
they will pillory
Future Perfect
I will have pilloried
you will have pilloried
he/she/it will have pilloried
we will have pilloried
you will have pilloried
they will have pilloried
Future Continuous
I will be pillorying
you will be pillorying
he/she/it will be pillorying
we will be pillorying
you will be pillorying
they will be pillorying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pillorying
you have been pillorying
he/she/it has been pillorying
we have been pillorying
you have been pillorying
they have been pillorying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pillorying
you will have been pillorying
he/she/it will have been pillorying
we will have been pillorying
you will have been pillorying
they will have been pillorying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pillorying
you had been pillorying
he/she/it had been pillorying
we had been pillorying
you had been pillorying
they had been pillorying
Conditional
I would pillory
you would pillory
he/she/it would pillory
we would pillory
you would pillory
they would pillory
Past Conditional
I would have pilloried
you would have pilloried
he/she/it would have pilloried
we would have pilloried
you would have pilloried
they would have pilloried
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pillory - a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neckpillory - a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
instrument of punishment - an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person
Verb1.pillory - expose to ridicule or public scorn
display, exhibit, expose - to show, make visible or apparent; "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"
2.pillory - punish by putting in a pillory
penalise, penalize, punish - impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"
3.pillory - criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"

pillory

verb ridicule, denounce, stigmatize, brand, lash, show someone up, expose someone to ridicule, cast a slur on, heap or pour scorn on, hold someone up to shame He resigned after being pilloried by the press.
Translations
PrangerSchandpfahl
gapestokkhudflettesette i gapestokken

pillory

[ˈpɪlərɪ]
A. Npicota f
B. VTponer en ridículo

pillory

[ˈpɪləri]
npilori m
vt (= ridicule) → clouer au pilori

pillory

n (Hist) → Pranger m; to be in the pilloryam Pranger stehen
vt (fig)anprangern

pillory

[ˈpɪlərɪ]
1. nberlina
2. vt (fig) → mettere alla berlina
References in classic literature ?
For having written "a scandalous and seditious pamphlet" Defoe was condemned to pay a large fine, to stand three times in the pillory, and to be imprisoned during the Queen's pleasure.
For a man in the pillory was a fitting object for laughter and rude jests.
They themselves threw flowers, they wreathed the pillory with roses and with laurel till it seemed a place of honor rather than of disgrace.
Is a man ever put in the pillory for a capital crime?
You were about to glorify the pillory a while ago, and shed some pity on a future age that isn't going to use it.
Be that as it might, the scaffold of the pillory was a point of view that revealed to Hester Prynne the entire track along which she had been treading, since her happy infancy.
At one corner of the meeting-house was the pillory, and at the other the stocks; and, by a singular good fortune for our sketch, the head of an Episcopalian and suspected Catholic was grotesquely incased in the former machine while a fellow-criminal, who had boisterously quaffed a health to the king, was confined by the legs in the latter.
cried the high-churchman in the pillory, unable longer to restrain himself, "thou hast rejected the symbol of our holy religion
A sedition also arose at Heraclea, from a certain person being condemned by the court; and at Thebes, in consequence of a man's being guilty of adultery; [1306b] the punishment indeed which Eurytion suffered at Heraclea was just, yet it was illegally executed: as was that at Thebes upon Archias; for their enemies endeavoured to have them publicly bound in the pillory.
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
I am accustomed to stand in the pillory of my own past life.
All this, of course, was justice being seen to be done, and the pillory and stocks were always placed in the most prominent location in town, in the market place or next to the town hall.