pillory definition

  • noun:
    • A wooden framework on a post, with holes when it comes to head and arms, in which offenders had been formerly locked become exposed to public scorn as discipline.
    • A framework on a post, with holes for the arms and mind, utilized as a means of punishment and embarrassment.
    • A-frame of adjustable panels erected on a post, and having holes through which the head and hands of an offender had been pushed so as to be subjected before it.
    • A frame of wood erected on a post or pole, with movable panels resembling those who work in the shares, and holes whereby had been place the head and hands of an offender, who was therefore exposed to community derision.
    • a wooden instrument of discipline on a post with holes the arms and throat; offenders had been locked in therefore confronted with community scorn
  • verb-transitive:
    • To expose to ridicule and abuse.
    • To put in a pillory as punishment.
    • to create in, or discipline with, the pillory.
    • Figuratively, to reveal to community scorn.
  • verb:
    • To put in a pillory.
    • To subject to humiliation, scorn, ridicule or misuse.
    • To criticize harshly.
    • punish by setting up a pillory
    • expose to ridicule or community scorn
    • criticize harshly or violently
  • others:
    • To discipline by visibility when you look at the pillory.
    • For this reason Figuratively, to expose to ridicule, contempt, abuse, and the like.

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