- 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
transitive verb-·ried, -·ry·ing
- to punish by placing in a pillory
- to subject to harsh public criticism or ridicule
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 pīla pillar
(third-person singular simple present pillories, present participle pillorying, simple past and past participle pilloried)