Definitions for pillory

Definitions for (noun) pillory

Main entry: pillory

Definition: 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

Definitions for (verb) pillory

Main entry: crucify, blast, pillory, savage

Definition: criticize harshly or violently

Usage: The press savaged the new President; The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage

Main entry: pillory

Definition: punish by putting in a pillory

Main entry: pillory, gibbet

Definition: expose to ridicule or public scorn

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