- a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.
- to set in the pillory.
- to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse: The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.
Origin of pillory
Examples from the Web for pilloried
He attacked the status quo and he pilloried the powers that be.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
Pierre Casiraghi, third in the line to the Monaco throne, got punched in a nightclub last year—and pilloried in the press.Royal Showdown in New York Court
February 4, 2013
The prime minister at the time, Tomiichi Murayama, was pilloried for what many complained was a slow response by his government.Will Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan Stay in Power?
Lennox Samuels, Takashi Yokota
March 14, 2011
Every administration feels besieged at times, pilloried by the press, misunderstood by the public.White House Goes Into Bunker Mode
October 24, 2010
The others had made haste to withdraw as soon as La Boulaye had been pilloried.The Trampling of the Lilies
And more love, or my face is a false witness and deserves to be pilloried.The Comedies of William Congreve
He resolved not to be pilloried beside her on her pedestal of shame.The Scarlet Letter
Oates was sentenced to be whipped and pilloried with the utmost severity.The Diary of John Evelyn, Volume II (of 2)
He was pilloried and imprisoned, and his books burnt by the hangman.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
- a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule
- exposure to public scorn or abuse
- to expose to public scorn or ridicule
- to punish by putting in a pillory
Word Origin and History for pilloried
late 13c. (attested in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.), from Old French pilori "pillory" (mid-12c.), related to Medieval Latin pilloria, of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive of Latin pila "pillar, stone barrier" (see pillar), but OED finds this proposed derivation "phonologically unsuitable."
c.1600, from pillory (n.). Figurative sense of "expose publicly to ridicule or abuse" is from 1690s. Related: Pilloried.