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pillory

verb accuse, asperse, attaint, befoul, belittle, berate, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, blot, brand, bring shame upon, calumniate, cast a slur upon, cast asperrions on, cause a scandal, damage a reputation, debase, defame, defile, degrade, denigrate, denounce, destroy a reputation, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disparage, expose to infamy, gibbet, give a bad name, hold up to ridicule, hold up to shame, impute shame to, lampoon, laugh at, lower, make fun of, malign, mock, put in a bad light, put to shame, ridicule, run down, scandalize, scorn, smear, smirch, soil, spatter, speak ill of, stain, stigmatize, sully, taint, tarnish, traduce, vilify, vituperate
See also: brand, condemn, defame, denigrate, denounce, disgrace, dishonor, smear

PILLORY, punishment. wooden machine in which the neck of the culprit is inserted.
     2. This punishment has been superseded by the adoption of the penitentiary system in most of the states. Vide 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 797. The punishment of standing in the pillory, so far as the same was provided by the laws of the United States, was abolished by the act of congress of February 27, 1839, s. 5. See Baxr. on the Stat. 48, note.

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In science's version of an old-fashioned pillory, seven independent teams assailed the hypothesis that thousands of house-size snowballs plow into Earth's atmosphere each day.
did not, in fact, haul miscreants up before congressional committees," he writes, "fire or flunk non-conformists, pillory them in the press or take their passports away.
The book, compiled by Coleshill Civic Society following sponsorship from the Local Heritage Initiative, focuses on the role of Coleshill as a coaching town, its 22 inns, workhouse, market place and pillory.
Well-fed sports pundits, probably miles away from the action, who have access to replays from different cameras, slow motion etc, and decide to make it controversial and pillory the referee's decision - which had been made immediately.
Coleshill town councillor Barry Gascoigne has spent months restoring the 18ft high pillory and whipping post that is attached to the outside wall of the Old Market Hall.
In his eagerness to pillory Lenin, Volkogonov overreaches, trying to blame Lenin for the excesses of Stalin.
Rather than being suddenly invented or discovered, the penitentiary evolved, coexisting for a time with the pillory and older forms of punishment.
Spiteful magazines such as Spy and Forbes, which regularly pillory the Clintons in unnecessarily vituperative terms, will have to kick back $10 per subscriber to the federal government.
Punishment: Cruel and Unusual goes inside the room where Timothy McVeigh was executed, takes a guided tour through the ruins of Eastern State Penitentiary - one of America's first - and explores the grim facts behind being stretched on The Rack, locked in a Pillory and Hung, Drawn and Quartered.
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It is not exactly known when the pillory was first used in England, but it has been used in Europe for at least 1,000 years.