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[n] a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the neck and hands; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
[v] criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
[v] punish by putting in a pillory
[v] expose to ridicule or public scorn


crucify, gibbet, savage, stocks

Misc. Definitions

\Pil"lo*ry\, n.; pl. {Pillories}. [F. pilori; cf. Pr. espitlori, LL. piloricum, pilloricum, pellericum, pellorium, pilorium, spilorium; perhaps from a derivative of L. speculari to look around, observe. Cf. {Speculate}.] A frame of adjustable boards erected on a post, and having holes through which the head and hands of an offender were thrust so as to be exposed in front of it. --Shak.
\Pil"lo*ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pilloried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pillorying}.] [Cf. F. pilorier.]
1. To set in, or punish with, the pillory. ``Hungering for Puritans to pillory.'' --Macaulay.
2. Figuratively, to expose to public scorn. --Gladstone.

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