What does the word pillory mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Charles Dickens
  3. The pillory for him ... – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy