pil·lo·ry /ˈpɪləri, ˈpɪlri/
Pil·lo·ry n.; pl. Pillories 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.
Pil·lo·ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pilloried p. pr. & vb. n. Pillorying.]
1. To set in, or punish with, the pillory. “Hungering for Puritans to pillory.”
2. Figuratively, to expose to public scorn.
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 [syn: stocks]
v 1: expose to ridicule or public scorn [syn: gibbet]
2: punish by putting in a pillory
3: criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new
President"; "The critics crucified the author for
plagiarizing a famous passage" [syn: savage, crucify]