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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.]
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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]
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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]
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Past participle: pilloried
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|Noun||1.||pillory - 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
|Verb||1.||pillory - expose to ridicule or public scorn|
|2.||pillory - punish by putting in a pillory|
|3.||pillory - criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"|
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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.
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