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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 This punishment has been superseded by the adoption of the penitentiary system in most of the states.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 proving the prosecution's case against the accused, these witnesses admit their own guilt, and the poem simultaneously enacts suitable punishment--by having them pilloried by the poem.
After a clumsy press campaign he was dropped - and between then and the Andorra game England scored one in five and were pilloried for lacking creativity - as, in his place, a series of right-footed players have laboured down the left.
The staff here do a job that I could not and would not do,and do not deserve to be pilloried,because of one rogue.
After all, Lott never explicitly endorsed either segregation or racism -- meaning that he was being pilloried and forced to apologize repeatedly for something he didn't say and probably didn't mean.
NOT SO LONG AGO, WHEN AN Ivy League university president nominated to run the National Endowment for the Humanities was pilloried by conservatives for knuckling under to campus radicals, Ralph Reed, the whiz kid of the Christian Coalition, dubbed him "The Pope of Political Correctness," a phrase whose import--both halves of it--was unlikely to be missed by his fundamentalist Protestant legions.
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And the flaw at the root of her eagerness to share such thoughts and observations is a colossal, astounding self involvement, comparable in all ways to that of the asinine busybodies who pilloried her in the first place.
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People should not be outed, and they certainly should not be pilloried for not coming out.
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It's frustrating that we'd be pilloried, since we were the ones who, from the first days, said no matter what her accent, or where she's from, she deserves to be heard.