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Definition of pillory verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pillory

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɪləri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪləri//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pillory
BrE BrE//ˈpɪləri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪləri//
 
he / she / it pillories
BrE BrE//ˈpɪləriz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪləriz//
 
past simple pilloried
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlərid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlərid//
 
past participle pilloried
BrE BrE//ˈpɪlərid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlərid//
 
-ing form pillorying
BrE BrE//ˈpɪləriɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪləriɪŋ//
 
 
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(pillories, pillorying, pilloried, pilloried) [often passive] pillory somebody to criticize somebody strongly in public He was regularly pilloried by the press for his radical ideas. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French pilori, probably from Provençal espilori (associated by some with a Catalan word meaning ‘peephole’, of uncertain origin).
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