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Friday, August 10, 2012

pillory

\PIL-uh-ree\ , verb;
1.
To expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse.
2.
To set in the pillory.
Quotes:
Nawal El Saadawi has been pilloried, censored, imprisoned and exiled for her refusal to accept the oppressions imposed on women by gender and class.
-- Nawāl Saʻdāwī, A Daughter of Isis
Since Nixon, US Presidents had tended to be pilloried for misdemeanours.
-- John Gubert, The Financial Terrorist
Origin:
Pillory comes from the Latin word pillar. It was first used as a verb in the 1600s.
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