- 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 pillorying
Which is probably just as well, given the forests that have been destroyed in service of pillorying John Edwards.Elizabeth Edwards' Media Hypocrisy
June 29, 2010
Who ever proposed to insist on pillorying every case of spasmodic adultery?Three Plays by Granville-Barker
He knew the boy could not do it, and this was only a formula he went through previous to pillorying the lad.It Is Never Too Late to Mend
There are some people who delight in pillorying the immortals and shying dead cats and rotten eggs at them.Windfalls
(AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
- 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 pillorying
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.