C13: from Anglo-Latin pillorium, from Old French pilori, of uncertain origin; related to Provençal espillori
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Word forms: pillories, pillorying, pilloried
1. verb [usu passive]
If someone is pilloried, a lot of people, especiallyjournalists, criticize them and make them look stupid. [beV-ed] ⇒ A man has been forced to resign as a result of being pilloried by some of the press.
2. countable noun
A pillory is a wooden frame with holes for the head and hands. In Europe in former times criminals were sometimes locked in a pillory as a form of punishment.