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Noun: pillory  pi-lu-ree
  1. 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
Verb: pillory  pi-lu-ree
  1. Expose to ridicule or public scorn
    - gibbet
  2. Punish by putting in a pillory
  3. Criticize harshly or violently
    "The press pilloried the new President";
    - savage, blast [informal], crucify

Derived forms: pilloried, pillories, pillorying

Type of: criticise [Brit], criticize, damn [informal], display, exhibit, expose, instrument of punishment, knock [informal], penalise [Brit], penalize, pick apart, punish, sanction

Encyclopedia: Pillory