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Meaning of PILLORY

Pronunciation:  'piluree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the neck and hands; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
  2. [v]  criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
  3. [v]  punish by putting in a pillory
  4. [v]  expose to ridicule or public scorn

PILLORY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: crucify, gibbet, savage, stocks
 See Also: criticise, criticize, display, exhibit, expose, instrument of punishment, penalise, penalize, pick apart, punish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pil"lo*ry\, n.; pl. {Pillories}. [F. pilori; cf. Pr.
    espitlori, LL. piloricum, pilloricum, pellericum, pellorium,
    pilorium, spilorium; perhaps from a derivative of L.
    speculari to look around, observe. Cf. {Speculate}.]
    A frame of adjustable boards erected on a post, and having
    holes through which the head and hands of an offender were
    thrust so as to be exposed in front of it. --Shak.
  2. \Pil"lo*ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pilloried}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Pillorying}.] [Cf. F. pilorier.]
    1. To set in, or punish with, the pillory. ``Hungering for
       Puritans to pillory.'' --Macaulay.
    2. Figuratively, to expose to public scorn. --Gladstone.
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