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pillory (plural pillories)
- A framework on a post, with holes for the hands and head, used as a means of punishment and humiliation.
- c. 1370–1390, [William Langland], “[Passus 3]”, in The Vision of Pierce Plowman [...] (in Middle English), imprinted at London: By Roberte Crowley, […], published 1550, OCLC 837479643, folio xiii, verso:
- Maires and Maceris that meanes be betwene / The Kynge and the comon to kepe the lawes / To pũnyſhen on pyleries and pynning ſtoles / Bruſterrs and bakeſters, bochers and cokes / For theſe ar mẽ on this mold þe moſt harme worketh / To the pore people that percel mele byghe […]
- Mayors and mace-bearers, the means are between / The king and the commons to see the law kept, / To punish on pillories and punishment stools / Brewers and bakers, butchers and cooks, / For these are this world's men that work the most harm / To the poor people that must buy piece-meal.
- c. 1400, “Dispute between Mary and the Cross”, in Richard Morris, editor, Legends of the Holy Rood: Symbols of the Passions and Cross Poems, stanza I, page 131:
- Cros·! þou dost no trouþe ; / On a pillori· my fruit to pinne, / He haþ no spot· of Adam sinne ; / Flesch· and veines· nou fleo a-twinne, / Wherfore I· rede of routhe·:
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: Printed for Nath[aniel] Ponder […], OCLC 228725984; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, OCLC 5190338, page 126:
- The other replied, That for ought they could ſee, the men were quiet, and ſober, and intended no body any harm ; and that there were many that Traded in their fair, that were more worthy to be put into the Cage, yea, and the Pillory too, then were the men that they had abuſed.
a framework on a post used as a means of punishment and humiliation
- (transitive) To put in a pillory.
- (transitive) To subject to humiliation, scorn, ridicule or abuse.
- (transitive) To criticize harshly.
- 2011 September 24, Aled Williams, “Chelsea 4 - 1 Swansea”, in BBC Sport:
- The breakthrough came through Torres who, pilloried for his miss against Manchester United a week earlier, scored his second goal of the season.
put someone in a pillory
subject someone to humiliation, scorn, ridicule or abuse