pillory


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

pillory

a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule
References in classic literature ?
You were about to glorify the pillory a while ago, and shed some pity on a future age that isn't going to use it.
cried the high-churchman in the pillory, unable longer to restrain himself, "thou hast rejected the symbol of our holy religion
They themselves threw flowers, they wreathed the pillory with roses and with laurel till it seemed a place of honor rather than of disgrace.
The Tories were at first delighted, but when they discovered the hoax became correspondingly indignant and Defoe was set in the pillory, and (for a short time) imprisoned.
Best of all, be taken prisoner and held in the homestead's very own 1812 reproduction pillory.
The Coleshill Pillory If you are ever tempted to wander, drunk and disorderly, around the little town of Coleshill in Warwickshire, something in Church Hill may make you pause for thought.
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.
1837: A British Act of Parliament abolished punishment by pillory.
I do think it is unfair to pillory anyone for making mistakes.
In April, when a series of retired generals hit the cable Tv circuit to pillory Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Washington Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley speculated about whether the generals had conspired to retire around the same time in order to bring down the Pentagon's head man.
Occasionally he could pillory the author of a book; he became heavily involved at one point in controversy with a nun who had written a book in which she seemed to say that an apostate priest named Tyrrell was a forerunner of the Second Vatican Council.
Are they so devoid of imagination they must trawl through the trash and pillory people who have trouble enough already, as well as two innocent children ( one as yet unborn?