- n a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn
- v expose to ridicule or public scorn
- v punish by putting in a pillory
- v criticize harshly or violently
- The punishment was swift and without mercy and it mattered little to the bloodthirsty mobs that the poor, pilloried person was not given a chance to defend himself.
- The media, mindful of readership and viewership, pilloried the defenseless academia in the plagiarism scam.
- Ordinary people, in these dreadful times do not know whom to turn to as they understand no useful purpose will be served by pillorying politicians alone.
- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in The Age
Arroyo said her spouse had been "the object of pillory, especially by my political enemies, who have been trying to distract me from fulfilling my reform agenda as president".
- John Adams in OpEdNews
In 1817 John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, "Do you recollect, or have you ever attended to the ecclesiastical strife in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and every part of New England? What a mercy these people cannot whip and crop, and pillory...
- David Horowitz in GulfNews
Neocon commentator David Horowitz called Roth a "reflexive Israel-basher ...... who, in his zest to pillory Israel at every turn, is little more than an ally of the barbarians".