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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

(pillory is a kind of ...) an instrument designed and used to punish a condemned person

Definition 2: criticize harshly or violently - [verb of communication]

Samples where pillory or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The press savaged the new President
  • The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage

Synonyms for pillory in the sense of this definition

(pillory is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

(pillory is a kind of ...) impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

"The students were penalized for showing up late for class" "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"

Synonyms for pillory in the sense of this definition

(pillory is a kind of ...) to show, make visible or apparent

"The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month" "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?" "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

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