un pilloried

pillory

[pil-uh-ree]
noun, plural pillories.
1.
a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.
verb (used with object), pilloried, pillorying.
2.
to set in the pillory.
3.
to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse: The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English pyllory < Old French pilori, perhaps < Medieval Latin pīlōrium, equivalent to Latin pīl(a) pillar (see pile1) + -ōrium -ory2, though Romance variants such as Provençal espillori suggest a less transparent source

unpilloried, adjective

pillar, pillory, pillow.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To un pilloried
Collins
World English Dictionary
pillory (ˈpɪlərɪ)
 
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, -ries, -rying, -ried
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

pillory
1274 (attested in Anglo-L. from c.1189), from O.Fr. pellori (1168), from M.L. pilloria, of uncertain origin, perhaps a dim of L. pila "pillar, stone barrier." The verb is first attested 1600.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature