pillory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pillory criticize harshly or violently "The press savaged the new President","The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
    • v pillory punish by putting in a pillory
    • v pillory expose to ridicule or public scorn
    • n pillory 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pillory 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.
    • Pillory Figuratively, to expose to public scorn.
    • Pillory To set in, or punish with, the pillory. "Hungering for Puritans to pillory ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pillory A frame of wood erected on a post or pole, with movable boards resembling those in the stocks, and holes through which were put the head and hands of an offender, who was thus exposed to public derision. In Great Britain it was a common punishment appointed for forestallers, users of deceitful weights, common scolds, political offenders, those guilty of perjury, forgery, libel, seditious writings, etc. It was abolished in 1837.
    • pillory To punish by exposure in the pillory.
    • pillory Hence Figuratively, to expose to ridicule, contempt, abuse, and the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pillory pil′o-ri a wooden frame, supported by an upright pillar or post, and having holes through which the head and hands of a criminal were put as a punishment, disused in England since 1837
    • vs.t Pillory to punish in the pillory: to expose to ridicule:—pa.t. and pa.p. pill′oried
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pilori; ety. dub.; Prov. espitlori—Low L. speculatorium, a lookout—L. specularia, a window, speculum, a mirror.

Usage

In literature:

Revolt simmers beneath the calm words; the butchers are pilloried by the bitter satire.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
He also did his best to repress the cruelties of the mob to poor wretches in the pillory.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
For these four hours she was in the pillory.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
She was indicted for blasphemy, fined, and sentenced to stand in the pillory.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
The people strewed the way from the prison to the pillory with sweet herbs.
"Books Condemned to be Burnt" by James Anson Farrer
Parsons was prosecuted and condemned to the pillory.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The English publisher of Thomas Paine's books fined and pilloried.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
Pillory, mode of punishment, 437.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Even to be in the pillory has its satisfaction, for everybody can see your infamy.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Her reputation has been pilloried forever by the eloquent advocate in his defence of Marcus Coelius.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
We also erected a pillory inside the town, and a gallows outside.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
I was everywhere in the stocks or the pillory.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
They were afraid of being pilloried with that dreadful word, prejudice.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Having escaped the pillory in his character of artisan, the passenger agent was to be held up to ridicule in his proper person.
"A Romance in Transit" by Francis Lynde
Pillory, 21, 98, 121.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
I believe that that wicked military wag, Captain Harry Graham, has done more than most to keep the poor lady the aunt in the pillory.
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
He was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment and to stand in the pillory.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
Two hundred years thy name has been pilloried in face of the world, and thy memory gibbeted before mankind!
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
All that sticks in her throat is that she imagines she's been pilloried as not being able to have one.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
The punishment of the pillory was abolished in 1816.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
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In poetry:

Our social joys are more than fame;
Life withers in the public look.
Why mount the pillory of a book,
Or barter comfort for a name?
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier
His despair seems to detain him like a pillory
As he lowers his anemic head in rowing,
He circulates among the boats at anchor,
Cargo-boats, steamers, coal-burners...
"Japan —Nagasaki" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet
It seeks not, in a brutish rage,
To flog the witless fool;
The rack, the pillory are gone,
The witches' ducking stool;
And Reason builds no gallows for
Heredity's poor tool.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
But when the force of precept fails,
A sad example oft prevails.
Beyond the rules a sage exhibits,
Thieves heed the arguments of gibbets,
And for a villain's quick conversion,
A pillory can outpreach a parson.
"To Ladies Of A Certain Age" by John Trumbull

In news:

Once again, he's been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case.
Pillorying "the father of twentieth century English language poetry" has long been a major industry.
Iran's currency crisis has emboldened critics of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who are lining up to pillory the president and lay down markers for next year when his successor will be elected.
After being pilloried for flying corporate jets to Washington to beg for public funds to keep their companies afloat, Detroit executives are making the second trip to the capitol a big do-over.
Nevada media pillory Oceguera attack ad.
Bridge ads should congratulate Snyder, not pillory him.
The South Carolina congressman was pilloried in 2009 for shouting "You lie".
John Kerry is being pilloried for his shocking Senate testimony 34 years ago that many US soldiers—not just a few "rogues"—were committing atrocities against the Vietnamese.
"Instead of pillorying your governor, folks should be running ads congratulating him on being such a powerful negotiator for Michigan's interests.".
Democrats say she's being unfairly pilloried.
ROME (AP) — The city of Rome has inaugurated a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican.
ROME — The city of Rome unveiled a revamped statue of Pope John Paul II on Monday after the first one was pilloried by the public and the Vatican.
Nevada media pillory Oceguera attack ad.
Welcome to election year, when each party's candidates will be pilloried by partisans, but the consistent target of the most tiresome clichés will be the news media .
They've been mocked, maligned, protested, pilloried, and generally blamed for the downfall of the economy.
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