- –n.1. a frame of wood erected on a post, with holes through which a person's head and hands were put. The pillory was formerly used as a punishment, being set up in a public place where the crowd could make fun of the offender.2. Figurative. any means or instance of exposing something, such as a person, some act, condition, or experiment, to public ridicule, contempt, or abuse.–v.t.1. to put (a person) in the pillory; punish by exposure in a pillory.2. Figurative. to expose to public ridicule, contempt, or abuse: »
The newspapers pilloried the unpopular mayor.╂[< Old French pellori; origin uncertain]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.