Part of speech: verb

To set in the pillory; hold up to scorn.

Part of speech: noun

A framework in which an offender was fastened and exposed to public scorn.

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Usage examples "pillory":

  1. I know he'll go with us, if it's only to pleasure me, that have always been his friend, and run the risk of the pillory to get him off; and just to prove to you once for all that he's no coward." - "Christmas Stories", Edward Berens.
  2. 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. - "A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution", Charles Dickens.
  3. The pillory for him ... - "The Nest of the Sparrowhawk", Baroness Orczy.