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 for pillory
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillory \Pil"lo*ry\, n.; pl. Pillories. [F. pilori; cf. Pr.
     espitlori, LL. piloricum, pilloricum, pellericum, pellorium,
     pilorium, spilorium; perhaps from a derivative of L.
     speculari to look around, observe. Cf. Speculate.]
     A frame of adjustable boards erected on a post, and having
     holes through which the head and hands of an offender were
     thrust so as to be exposed in front of it. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillory \Pil"lo*ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pilloried; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Pillorying.] [Cf. F. pilorier.]
     1. To set in, or punish with, the pillory. "Hungering for
        Puritans to pillory." --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Figuratively, to expose to public scorn. --Gladstone.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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
      v 1: expose to ridicule or public scorn [syn: pillory,
      2: punish by putting in a pillory
      3: criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new
         President"; "The critics crucified the author for
         plagiarizing a famous passage" [syn: savage, blast,
         pillory, crucify]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "pillory":
     Oregon boat, attaint, bespatter, bilbo, blacken, blot, blow upon,
     bond, bonds, brand, branks, bridle, bring into discredit,
     bring low, bring shame upon, bring to account, bring to book,
     call to account, camisole, cast reproach upon, castigate, censure,
     chains, chasten, chastise, collar, correct, crank, cucking stool,
     cuffs, deal with, debase, defame, defile, defrock, degrade,
     deplume, deride, disapprove, discipline, discredit, disgrace,
     dishonor, disparage, displume, ducking stool, expose,
     expose to infamy, fetter, finger pillory, gag, gibbet, grin at,
     gyves, halter, hamper, handcuffs, hang in effigy, hobbles,
     hold in derision, hopples, humiliate, impute shame to,
     inflict upon, irons, laugh at, laugh to scorn, leading strings,
     leash, make fun of, make game of, make merry with, manacle,
     masthead, muzzle, pan, penalize, point at, poke fun at, punish,
     put one on, put to shame, rag, razz, reflect discredit upon, reins,
     reprimand, reproach, restraint, restraints, ride, ridicule, roast,
     settle with, shackle, shame, slur, smear, smile at, snicker at,
     snigger at, soil, square accounts, stain, stigmatize, stocks,
     straightjacket, strait-waistcoat, straitjacket, stranglehold,
     sully, taint, take to task, tarnish, tether, trammel, trammels,
     treadmill, trebuchet, triangle, triangles, unfrock, vilify,
     visit upon, whipping post, wooden horse, yoke

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PILLORY, punishment. wooden machine in which the neck of the culprit is 
       2. This punishment has been superseded by the adoption of the 
  penitentiary system in most of the states. Vide 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 797. The 
  punishment of standing in the pillory, so far as the same was provided by 
  the laws of the United States, was abolished by the act of congress of 
  February 27, 1839, s. 5. See Baxr. on the Stat. 48, note. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PILLORY, n.  A mechanical device for inflicting personal distinction
  -- prototype of the modern newspaper conducted by persons of austere
  virtues and blameless lives.

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