"pillory" in the noun sense
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
"pillory" in the verb sense
1. pillory, gibbet
expose to ridicule or public scorn
punish by putting in a pillory
3. savage, blast, pillory, crucify
criticize harshly or violently
"The press savaged the new President"
"The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
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