- a device consisting of a wooden board with holes for the head and hands, in which petty offenders were formerly locked and exposed to public scorn
- any exposure to public scorn, etc.
Origin of pilloryMiddle English pilory ; from Old French pilori ; from Medieval Latin pilorium ; from Classical Latin pila, column + -orium, -ory
- to punish by placing in a pillory
- to subject to harsh public criticism or ridicule
A wooden framework on a post, with holes for the head and hands, in which offenders were formerly locked to be exposed to public scorn as punishment.
transitive verbpil·lo·ried, pil·lo·ry·ing, pil·lo·ries
- To expose to ridicule and abuse.
- To put in a pillory as punishment.
Origin of pilloryMiddle English, from Old French pilori, probably from Latin p&imacron;la, pillar.
(third-person singular simple present pillories, present participle pillorying, simple past and past participle pilloried)