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pillory

  

      n   pl   , -ries  
1    a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule  
2    exposure to public scorn or abuse  
      vb   , -ries, -rying, -ried   tr  
3    to expose to public scorn or ridicule  
4    to punish by putting in a pillory  
     (C13: from Anglo-Latin pillorium, from Old French pilori, of uncertain origin; related to Provençal espillori)  
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pillory

  

      vb   brand, cast a slur on, denounce, expose to ridicule, heap or pour scorn on, hold up to shame, lash, show up, stigmatize  

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