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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 This punishment has been superseded by the adoption of the penitentiary system in most of the states.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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That the pillorying of doctors and lawyers in our society will cease; and that we will realize that a bad apple doesn't really spoil the bushel and that countless decent professionals are striving to make their extensive preparations useful to others.
This chapter places the women dramatists of the 1690s - Delaviviere Manley, Catherine Trotter and Mary Pix - along with Cibber in their professional milieu of mutual pillaging and pillorying to show that the male wits such as Pope and Gay found female authorship a violation "of a cultural economy of the ownership and .
But, as Safire and his numerous conservative colleagues have revealed, Whitewater is about tying an uppity woman to a post and pillorying her until she agrees to go back to the cake-sale circuit.