noun, plural pil·lo·ries.
verb (used with object), pil·lo·ried, pil·lo·ry·ing.
- pillow block,
- pillow fight,
- pillow lace,
- pillow lava
Origin of pillory
Examples from the Web for pillory
Compare the British pillory of Tebbit with the reaction in India to the Kashmiri students.India Row Evokes Cricket’s Ultranationalist Tebbit Test|Tunku Varadarajan|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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.Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism|William Giraldi|September 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Press also acts most effectually as a modern substitute for the pillory.A History of Police in England|W. L. Melville Lee
He was fined repeatedly for publishing immoral works, and once stood in the pillory for it.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)|Augustus de Morgan
Then he moved in his bonds, and his furious exertions made the ancient wheel of the pillory shriek on its axle.Notre-Dame de Paris|Victor Hugo
Men were put in the pillory for perjury, libel, and the like.Lord John Russell|Stuart J. Reid
The pillory was aristocratic in comparison, as was also branding with a hot iron.Curious Punishments of Bygone Days|Alice Morse Earle
noun plural -ries
verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)
Word Origin for pillory
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.