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pillory

[ pil-uh-ree ]
/ 藞p瑟l 蓹 ri /
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noun, plural pil路lo路ries.
a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.
verb (used with object), pil路lo路ried, pil路lo路ry路ing.
to set in the pillory.
to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse: The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.
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Origin of pillory

First recorded in 1225鈥75; Middle English pyllory, from Old French pilori, perhaps from Medieval Latin p墨l艒rium, equivalent to Latin p墨l(a) 鈥減illar鈥 (see pile1) + -艒rium noun suffix (see -ory2), though Romance variants such as Proven莽al espillori suggest a less transparent source

OTHER WORDS FROM pillory

un路pil路lo路ried, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pillory

pillar, pillory , pillow
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British Dictionary definitions for pillory

pillory
/ (藞p瑟l蓹r瑟) /

noun plural -ries
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
verb -ries, -rying or -ried (tr)
to expose to public scorn or ridicule
to punish by putting in a pillory

Word Origin for pillory

C13: from Anglo-Latin pillorium, from Old French pilori, of uncertain origin; related to Proven莽al espillori
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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