Compare the British pillory of Tebbit with the reaction in India to the Kashmiri students.
“Rails” and “lacerate,” two other words swiftly elected for pillory, were classic Tejpal, overblown, mannered, theatrical.
And because the pillory of a bad book is as culturally stimulating as the lauding of a good book.
The public exhibition of offenders in the pillory was not calculated to refine the manners of the people.
A thunderbolt fell upon the pillory, and there may they all alight!
With unaccustomed lenity it punished a first conviction with the pillory only.
The boys asked the man in the pillory all manner of impudent questions.
The use of the pillory in New England extended into this century.
Men were put in the pillory for perjury, libel, and the like.
Cursing and swearing were openly punished at the market crosses, by the shame of the pillory, and by fines.
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.