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pillory

a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule
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Of course, the success of the pillory depended upon the participation of a baying mob; not every offender was so abused.
The most intriguing example of a solo performance is the case of John Lilburn, who used his time in the pillory to demonstrate his own suffering while expounding upon the beliefs that brought him there.
In the word game "Pardon or Pillory," the player must guess the correct letters for the word to keep the colonist out of the pillory.
4) He was found guilty, and received a sentence of undue severity: "to stand in the pillory three times, to pay a fine of 200 marks (about 134 [pounds sterling]) and to remain in Newgate until he could 'find good sureties to be of good behaviour for the space of seven years from thence'.
Pleading guilty, as technically he was, and appealing for mercy on the ground that he had not meant to be taken seriously, he was sentenced to stand three times in the pillory, pay a stiff fine and remain in prison until he could provide sureties for his good behaviour for seven years.
But it says even less for an audience that would probably have been first in the queue to throw rotten vegetables at poor souls locked in the pillory.
The authors demonstrate that the pillory underwent a revival after 1750 to punish sexual assault, homosexuality and deceit, while the stocks were still used in Berwick until the mid nineteenth-century.
He then became a radical MP, suffered imprisonment due to a financial scandal and was the last man to stand in the pillory.
But now the pillory is back in peak condition and Cllr Gascoigne, who owns Gascoignes of Coleshill funeral directors, believes they could prove handy for instilling discipline in today's young rogues and scoundrels.
In the final scene, the minister mounts the pillory with Hester and their child, revealing his guilt and the scarlet letter that remorse had etched on his breast.
It is not exactly known when the pillory was first used in England, but it has been used in Europe for at least 1,000 years.
Rather than being suddenly invented or discovered, the penitentiary evolved, coexisting for a time with the pillory and older forms of punishment.